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Committee on Enforced Disappearances meets with States and with the United Nations Refugee Agency

Morocco reiterated the importance of the Convention’s universal ratification and urged all States which had not yet ratified it to do so

The Committee on Enforced Disappearances this morning met with States, and separately heard a statement by the United Nations Refugee Agency. Opening the meetings, Mohammed Ayat, Acting Committee Chairperson, stressed the importance of regular meetings with United Nations Member States and of supporting States parties to the Convention in the…

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Conference on Disarmament adopts its Annual Report to the General Assembly

Algeria will hold the rotating presidency of the Conference when it starts its 2020 session.

The Conference on Disarmament this morning adopted its 2019 annual report to the General Assembly. Ambassador Taonga Mushayavanhu of Zimbabwe, President of the Conference on Disarmament, said that it was an honour to be presiding over their last plenary meeting of the 2019 session of the Conference on Disarmament.  The…

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New Permanent Representative of Zambia presents credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Ms. Mwitumwa had been serving as the Director for State functions, protocol and public relations since February 2017

Martha Lungu Mwitumwa, the new Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented her credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Prior to her appointment to Geneva, Ms. Mwitumwa had been serving as the Director for State functions, protocol…

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Committee Against Torture closes Sixty-Sixth Session

Adopts Concluding Observations on the Reports of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Germany, South Africa, Benin, and the United Kingdom

The Committee against Torture this morning concluded its sixty-sixth session after adopting concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Germany, South Africa, Benin, and the United Kingdom, on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman…

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Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination examines the Report of Zambia

Zambia had started a process to establish a permanent mechanism that would be responsible for monitoring the implementation of all treaties

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination this morning considered the combined seventeenth to nineteenth periodic report of Zambia on its implementation of the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Margret Mary Lungo Kaemba, Minister Counsellor and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of…

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Committee Against Torture examines the situation in South Africa

South Africa had enacted the Prevention and Combatting of Torture of Person Act in 2013

The Committee against Torture this afternoon concluded its consideration of the second periodic report of South Africa on measures taken to implement the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Introducing the report, John Jeffery, Deputy Minister at the Department of Justice…

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Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reviews the Report of Senegal

Senegal had adopted the Social Orientation Act on the promotion and protection of people with disabilities

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its review of the initial report of Senegal on the measures taken to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Presenting the report, Martin Pascal Tine, Director of Legal and Consular Affairs at…

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Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcomes of the Central African Republic and Monaco

Speakers commended the Government of the Central African Republic for its focus on promoting security, peace and national reconciliation

The Human Rights Council this afternoon adopted the Universal Periodic Review outcomes of the Central African Republic and Monaco. Léopold Ismael Samba, Permanent Representative of the Central African Republic to the United Nations Office at Geneva, recalled that the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review was taking place at a…

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Human Rights Council concludes Annual Meeting on the Rights of the Child with a Panel Focusing on Good Practices in Including Children with Disabilities in Education Settings

Hear Address by the Prime Minister of Somalia

The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child with a panel discussion on including children with disabilities in education settings: good practices and accountability. At the beginning of the meeting, the Council heard a statement by Hassan Ali Khayre, Prime Minister…

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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Reviews the Report of Mauritius

Committee Experts congratulated Mauritius on the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 25 February 2019 concerning the right of return of the Chagos islanders

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concluded today the consideration of the fifth periodic report of Mauritius on measures taken to implement the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Introducing the report, Maneesh Gobin, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Human Rights and…