CNDH Presents Proposals To Reform UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

The National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) has presented proposals for the reform of the UN human rights treaty bodies. These proposals were presented during the CNDH’s participation in the informal consultation with States, national human rights institutions and NGOs, organized last Friday in Geneva, by the co-facilitators of the reform process of the system of human rights treaty bodies, namely the permanent missions of Morocco and Switzerland to the United Nations in New York. According to a statement from the CNDH, the purpose of this consultation was to assess the progress made since the adoption of UN General Assembly resolution 68/268 in 2014, and to identify ways to strengthen the functioning and effectiveness of treaty bodies. The CNDH’s contribution to this process took two forms, including a written contribution shared with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the co-facilitators, underlined the press release, noting that in addition to the CNDH, only six national human rights institutions, out of 122, submitted written contributions, including those from India, Argentina, Guatemala, Greece and Denmark. A total of 90 written contributions were received, including 55 from member states, 22 from NGOs, 7 from UN experts and 6 from national human rights institutions, it said. The CNDH gave, by video and at the invitation of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, an oral statement during this consultation summarizing the points already highlighted in its written communication, it added.

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