Reporting Cycle for CoE Oversight Bodies

The Council of Europe (CoE) treaties also require the UK to report to the relevant oversight body. The oversight bodies are all based in Strasbourg, France, the headquarters of the CoE. Unlike the UN reporting processes, representatives from the UK do not present the report or undergo a face-to-face review before the CoE oversight bodies in Strasbourg.

Typically, the UK State report is first examined by the relevant expert Committee of the treaty. Thereafter, the Committee’s evaluation of the UK’s human rights performance is transferred to the Committee of Ministers, a political body on which representatives of the UK and other CoE Member States sit. The Committee of Ministers discusses the report and adopts recommendations which the UK should implement in order to improve its performance under the treaty.