Reporting Cycle for UN Treaty Bodies

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As the UK has ratified 7 of the core UN human rights treaties, the government must report to 7 treaty bodies or committees:

The Human Rights Committee

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Committee Against Torture

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The members of each treaty body are independent experts who have been appointed from a broad geographical spread and for their experience in the subject area. The reporting cycles for each committee differ in length and each treaty body has developed its own particular working methods. The below outlines the common steps in the reporting cycle that all treaty bodies will undertake

  • The submission of the State report to the oversight body 

  • The UN treaty body will examine received information from the State report, the NHRIs and NGOs.

  • The UK may submit written replies to the treaty body’s list of issues, questions and recent developments

  • The full review of the UK generally takes place in Geneva.

  • After the review, the committee will draft ‘Concluding Observations’ on the UK’s report.

  • The devolved administrations should take measure to implement the treaty body’s recommendations.