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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Treaty body activity during the first half of 2014

The UN human rights treaty bodies will be reviewing over 135 country reports, covering 91 countries, during the first half of 2014. The first treaty body session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, gets underway in one week, on January 13th.  Deadlines for submissions by NGOs on particular countries are coming up soon in all of the treaty bodies.

Calendar

Here is a schedule of upcoming treaty body sessions. All of these meetings will be in Geneva:


January 13-31            
Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
February 3-21            
Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racism (CERD)
February 10-28          
Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
February 24-28          
Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) (closed session, not public)
March 10-28              
Human Rights Committee (CCPR)
March 17-28              
Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
March 31 - April 11  
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
March 31 - April 11  
Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW)
April 28 - May 23      
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESC)
April 28 - May 23      
Committee Against Torture (CAT)
May 26 - June 13      
Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
June 2-6                    
Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) (closed session, not public)


Deadlines for submissions

I've prepared an unofficial table of session dates and submission deadlines, organised alphabetically by country. Please be aware that these dates are subject to change. Some of these deadlines have already passed; if one of these dates affects you, be sure to check with the Committee's Secretariat since they will sometimes accept late submissions.


Country Treaty body Session Start date Type of review Official deadline for
submissions
Argentina CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare LOIPR 20-Dec-13
Armenia CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Azerbaijan CRPD 11th Mar 31 Country report 28-Feb-14
Azerbaijan SPT country visit in 2014 dates not set yet
Bahrain CEDAW 57th Feb 10 Country report 24-Jan-14
Belgium CEDAW 59th WG Mar 3 Prepare list of issues 24-Jan-14
Belgium CERD 84th Feb 3 Country report 24-Jan-14
Belgium CED 6th Mar 17 Prepare list of issues 27-Jan-14
Belgium CRPD 12th WG Apr 14 Prepare list of issues 28-Feb-14
Belize CMW 20th Mar 31 Country report 17-Mar-14
Brunei Darussalam CEDAW 59th WG Mar 3 Prepare list of issues 24-Jan-14
Burundi CAT 52nd Apr 28 prepare list of issues 14-Feb-14
Cambodia CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: OPSC + OPAC 01-Mar-14
Cameroon CEDAW 57th Feb 10 Country report 24-Jan-14
Chad CCPR 110th Mar 10 Country report 14-Feb-14
China CEDAW 59th WG Mar 3 Prepare list of issues 24-Jan-14
China CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Colombia CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: periodic report 01-Mar-14
Congo CRC 65th Jan  13 Country report 01-Mar-13
Costa Rica CRPD 11th Mar 31 Country report 28-Feb-14
Croatia CRC 67th Feb 3 periodic report 01-Nov-13
Cuba CRC 66th May 26 OPAC report 01-Jul-13
Cuba CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: OPSC + OPAC 01-Mar-14
Cyprus CAT 52nd Apr 28 Country report 11-Apr-14
Czech Republic CAT 52nd Apr 28 prepare LOIPR 14-Feb-14
Czech Republic CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Denmark CRPD 12th WG Apr 14 Prepare list of issues 28-Feb-14
Dominican Republic CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: periodic report 01-Mar-14
Ecuador CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare LOIPR 20-Dec-13
Ecuador CRPD 12th WG Apr 14 Prepare list of issues 28-Feb-14
Ecuador SPT country visit in 2014 dates not set yet
El Salvador CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Fiji CRC 67th Feb 3 periodic report 01-Nov-13
Finland CEDAW 57th Feb 10 Country report 24-Jan-14
Gambia CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: periodic report 01-Mar-14
Gambia CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Germany CRC 65th Jan  13 Periodic Rept + OPSC 01-Mar-13
Germany CED 6th Mar 17 Country report 03-Feb-14
Germany CRPD 12th WG Apr 14 Prepare list of issues 28-Feb-14
Ghana CEDAW 59th WG Mar 3 Prepare list of issues 24-Jan-14
Ghana CMW 20th Mar 31 Country report 17-Mar-14
Greece CAT 52nd Apr 28 prepare LOIPR 14-Feb-14
Guatemala CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Guinea CEDAW 59th WG Mar 3 Prepare list of issues 24-Jan-14
Guinea CAT 52nd Apr 28 review in absence of state report 11-Apr-14
Haiti CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare list of issues 20-Dec-13
Holy See CRC 65th Jan  13 Periodic Rept + OPSC & OPAC 01-Mar-13
Holy See CAT 52nd Apr 28 Country report 11-Apr-14
Honduras CERD 84th Feb 3 Country report 24-Jan-14
Honduras CMW 20th Mar 31 Prepare LOIPR 17-Mar-14
Hong Kong CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Hungary CRC 67th Feb 3 periodic rept + OPSC + OPAC 01-Nov-13
India CRC 66th May 26 periodic rept + OPSC  01-Jul-13
Indonesia CRC 66th May 26 periodic report 01-Jul-13
Indonesia CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Iraq CEDAW 57th Feb 10 Country report 24-Jan-14
Iraq CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: OPSC + OPAC 01-Mar-14
Jamaica CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: periodic report 01-Mar-14
Jordan CRC 66th May 26 periodic rept + OPSC + OPAC 01-Jul-13
Kazakhstan CEDAW 57th Feb 10 Country report 24-Jan-14
Kazakhstan CERD 84th Feb 3 Country report 24-Jan-14
Kyrgyzstan CRC 66th May 26 periodic report 01-Jul-13
Kyrgyzstan CCPR 110th Mar 10 Country report 14-Feb-14
Latvia CCPR 110th Mar 10 Country report 14-Feb-14
Lesotho CMW 20th Mar 31 Prepare LOIPR 17-Mar-14
Lithuania CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Lithuania CAT 52nd Apr 28 Country report 11-Apr-14
Luxembourg CERD 84th Feb 3 Country report 24-Jan-14
Macao CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Malta CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare list of issues 20-Dec-13
Malta SPT country visit in 2014 dates not set yet
Mauritania CMW 20th Mar 31 Prepare LOIPR 17-Mar-14
Mauritius CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: periodic report 01-Mar-14
Mexico CAT 52nd Apr 28 prepare LOIPR 14-Feb-14
Mexico CRPD 12th WG Apr 14 Prepare list of issues 28-Feb-14
Monaco CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Montenegro CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare list of issues 20-Dec-13
Montenegro CERD 84th Feb 3 Country report 24-Jan-14
Montenegro CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Montenegro CAT 52nd Apr 28 Country report 11-Apr-14
Morocco CRC 67th Feb 3 periodic rept + OPAC  01-Nov-13
Nepal CCPR 110th Mar 10 Country report 14-Feb-14
Nepal CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Netherlands CED 6th Mar 17 Country report 03-Feb-14
Netherlands SPT country visit in 2014 dates not set yet
New Zealand CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare LOIPR 20-Dec-13
New Zealand CRPD 12th WG Apr 14 Prepare list of issues 28-Feb-14
Nicaragua CMW 20th Mar 31 Prepare LOIPR 17-Mar-14
Nicaragua SPT country visit in 2014 dates not set yet
Nigeria SPT country visit in 2014 dates not set yet
Norway CAT 52nd Apr 28 prepare LOIPR 14-Feb-14
Paraguay CED 6th Mar 17 Prepare list of issues 27-Jan-14
Paraguay CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Peru CAT 52nd Apr 28 prepare LOIPR 14-Feb-14
Poland CEDAW 59th WG Mar 3 Prepare list of issues 24-Jan-14
Poland CERD 84th Feb 3 Country report 24-Jan-14
Portugal CRC 65th Jan  13 Periodic Rept + OPSC & OPAC 01-Mar-13
Portugal CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Qatar CEDAW 57th Feb 10 Country report 24-Jan-14
Republic of Korea CRPD 12th WG Apr 14 Prepare list of issues 28-Feb-14
Romania CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare LOIPR 20-Dec-13
Romania CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Russia CRC 65th Jan  13 Periodic Rept + OPAC 01-Mar-13
Russia CAT 52nd Apr 28 prepare LOIPR 14-Feb-14
Saint Lucia CRC 66th May 26 periodic report 01-Jul-13
Serbia CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Sierra Leone CEDAW 57th Feb 10 Country report 24-Jan-14
Sierra Leone CCPR 110th Mar 10 Country report 14-Feb-14
Sierra Leone CAT 52nd Apr 28 Country report 11-Apr-14
Singapore CRC 67th Feb 3 OPAC report 01-Nov-13
Slovenia CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Solomon Islands CEDAW 59th WG Mar 3 Prepare list of issues 24-Jan-14
Sri Lanka CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare list of issues 20-Dec-13
Sweden CCPR 110th Mar 10 Prepare LOIPR 20-Dec-13
Sweden CRPD 11th Mar 31 Country report 28-Feb-14
Sweden CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: periodic report 01-Mar-14
Switzerland CERD 84th Feb 3 Country report 24-Jan-14
Switzerland CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: periodic report 01-Mar-14
Tajikistan CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Tanzania CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: periodic report 01-Mar-14
Thailand CAT 52nd Apr 28 Country report 11-Apr-14
Togo SPT country visit in 2014 dates not set yet
Turkmenistan CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: rept, OPAC & OPSC 01-Mar-14
UK CRC 66th May 26 OPSC report 01-Jul-13
Ukraine CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Uruguay CRC 68th WG Jun 14 prepare LOI: rept, OPAC & OPSC 01-Mar-14
Uruguay CAT 52nd Apr 28 Country report 11-Apr-14
USA CCPR 110th Mar 10 Country report 14-Feb-14
Uzbekistan CERD 84th Feb 3 Country report 24-Jan-14
Uzbekistan CESC 52nd Apr 28 Country report 17-Mar-14
Venezuela CRC 67th Feb 3 periodic rept + OPSC + OPAC 01-Nov-13
Venezuela CEDAW 59th WG Mar 3 Prepare list of issues 24-Jan-14
Venezuela CAT 52nd Apr 28 prepare list of issues 14-Feb-14
Viet Nam CESC 53rd WG May 26 Prepare list of issues 26-Mar-14
Yemen CRC 65th Jan  13 Periodic Rept + OPAC 01-Mar-13

Notes for the above table: 
1. The dates cover the first six months of 2014; all dates are tentative, subject to change.
2. The data cover 91 countries, which includes 135 reports, visits or lists of issues to be prepared.
3. The Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture has decided to visit seven countries this year. They have not announced the exact dates yet, so some of these visits may extend into the 2nd half of 2014.

LOIPR = list of issues prepared prior to reporting
LOI = list of issues (after a report is submitted)
OPSC = optional protocol on sale/pornography of children
OPAC = optional protocol on child soldiers
WG = a presessional working group of a Committee which meets to prepare lists of issues on countries to be reviewed at the next regular session of the Committee

data last updated: January 1, 2014

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