The submission of the State report to the oversight body
Reporting Cycle for UN Treaty Bodies
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 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.