Treaty body strengthening- Joint NGO submission to the third biennial report of the Secretary General

Index Number: IOR 40/0329/2019

General Assembly resolution 68/268 requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly, a third “comprehensive report on the status of the human rights treaty body system and the progress achieved by the human rights treaty bodies in realizing greater efficiency and effectiveness in their work” in 2019. This report will be the third and last ahead of the review, due in April 2020, of “the effectiveness of the measures taken in order to ensure their sustainability, and, if appropriate, to decide on further action to strengthen and enhance the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system” (the 2020 review).

In responding to the call for contributions, this submission, on behalf of Amnesty International, the Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR Centre), Child Rights Connect, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GIESCR) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), focuses on: the objectives and principles for the 2020 review; visibility and accessibility; membership; working methods and inter-committee coordination; and the growth of the treaty body system and adequate funding.

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