GENEVA (23 June 2016) – Burkina Faso’s human rights record will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee on 28 and 29 June in Geneva. As one of the 168 States that have ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Burkina Faso is required to undergo review by the Committee on how it is implementing the Covenant.
The Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent members, will discuss a range of issues relating to the ICCPR with a delegation from the Government of Burkina Faso. Members will also be briefed by NGO representatives.
The Committee’s meetings with the delegation are public and will take place on 28 June from 15:00 – 18:00 (13:00 – 16:00 in Burkina Faso) and 29 June from 10:00 – 13:00 (08:00 – 11:000) at Palais Wilson in Geneva.
Burkina Faso has submitted a report to the Committee on the implementation of its human rights obligations, and a number of non-governmental organisations have also sent reports for the Committee’s consideration. More information here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1031&Lang=en
The Committee will hold a news conference on 14 July at 13:30 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss its findings on Burkina Faso and the other countries being reviewed – Denmark, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Ecuador and Argentina. The findings, officially known as concluding observations, will be published on 14 July here:
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Human Rights Committee members are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty. More information: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CCPR/Pages/CCPRIndex.aspx
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