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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…

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Continuing its High-Level Segment, Conference on Disarmament hears from Poland, Belgium, Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, Norway, Iraq snd Sri Lanka

The last meeting of the 2019 high-level segment of the Conference on Disarmament will take place at 10 a.m. on 27 February

The Conference on Disarmament this afternoon continued its high-level segment, hearing statements by dignitaries from Poland, Belgium, Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, Norway, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Jacek Czaputowicz, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland, said that the international community faced multiple challenges, such as protracted conflicts, lack of respect for…

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Committee on the elimination of Discrimination against Women considers Ethiopia’s Report

Despite all the efforts and investments, deep rooted cultural values and traditions perpetuating gender stereotypes still prevailed and held women back

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the eighth periodic report of Ethiopia on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Hilary Gbedemah, Committee Chairperson, said that the delegation of Ethiopia was unable to come to Geneva due…

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Conference on Disarmament to hold First Public Plenary of its 2019 Session on Monday, 21 January

In addition to Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe will also hold the presidency during 2019

The Conference on Disarmament, the world's single multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations, will hold the first public plenary of its 2019 session on Monday, 21 January at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The session will open under the presidency of Ukraine.  The presidency of the Conference rotates among its…