Human Rights Committee opens 97th session
Monday, 12 October 2009 01:23


On 12 October, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Kyung-wha Kang, opened the 97th session of the Human Rights Committee (12 to 30 October). Ms Kyung-wha Kang highlighted that the High Commissioner for Human Rights in her opening address to the  Human Rights Council's 12th session underlined the importance of the treaty bodies and invited all stakeholders to begin a 'process of reflection' on how to further streamline and coordinate the work of the treaty bodies.


The Human Rights Committee will review the periodic reports of Croatia, Ecuador, Moldova, the Russian Federation, and Switzerland. In private sessions, the Committee will consider and adopt list of issues for the reviews of Cameroon, Colombia, El Salvador, Estonia, Israel and Poland.


ISHR will publish reports on the examination of the above countries shortly after the end of the session.


For an overview of the resolutions adopted by the Human Rights Council at its 12th session, please click here.

It is expected that a highlight of the session will be the Committee's first discussion of a new draft general comment on freedom of opinion and expression (article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights). In recent years, freedom of expression has been one of the most controversial issues at the Human Rights Council although it adopted without a vote a resolution on this topic at its most recent session. It will be interesting to see if its political dynamics will flavour the debate of the Human Rights Committee, an expert body that works independently.
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