Human rights treaty bodies

The human rights treaty bodies are Committees composed of independent experts elected by state parties to each of the core international human rights treaties of the UN. Treaty bodies are entrusted with monitoring the implementation of respective treaty by state party. In doing so, the Committees conduct interactive dialogues with states based on periodic reports submitted and provide states with recommendations for further improving the implementation of the relevant treaties. Currently, the Republic of Azerbaijan is party to 9 core international human rights instruments of the UN and closely cooperates with the following human rights treaty bodies:

1. Human Rights Committee (CCPR)

The 4th periodic report of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the implementation of “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” was reviewed and relevant recommendations were provided during the 118th session of the UN Human Rights Committee held on 20-21 October 2016 in Geneva.  In addition, the Republic of Azerbaijan was requested to present its next periodic report until 4 November 2020. 

2. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

The 3rd periodic report of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the implementation of “International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” was reviewed and relevant recommendations were provided during the 50th session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights held on 3 May 2013 in Geneva. The Republic of Azerbaijan submitted its 4th periodic report on 27 December 2018 to the Secretariat of the Committee.

3. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

The 7th, 8th and 9th periodic report of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the implementation of “International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination” was reviewed and relevant recommendations were provided during the 89th session of the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination held on 3-4 May 2016 in Geneva. The Republic of Azerbaijan was requested to present its 10th, 11th and 12th periodic reports until 15 September 2019 to the Secretariat of the Committee. 

4. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

The 5th periodic report of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the implementation of “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” was reviewed and relevant recommendations were provided during the 60th session of the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women held on 18 February 2015 in Geneva. The Republic of Azerbaijan submitted its 6th periodic report on 4 June 2019 to the Secretariat of the Committee.

5. Committee against Torture (CAT)

The 4th periodic report of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the implementation of “Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment” was reviewed and the relevant recommendations were provided during the 56th session of the UN Committee against Torture held on 11-12 November 2015 in Geneva. The Republic of Azerbaijan was requested to present its 5thperiodic report until 9 December 2019 to the Secretariat of the Committee.

6. The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT)

The members of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture visited the Republic of Azerbaijan on 16-24 April 2015 and positively noted the unhindered access to places of deprivation of liberty ensured by the authorities. They called for more efforts to be made by the relevant authorities towards the protection of rights of persons deprived of liberty.

7. Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

The 3rd and 4th periodic report of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the implementation of the “Convention on the Rights of the Child” was reviewed and the relevant recommendations were provided during the 59th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child held on 3 February 2012 in Geneva. The Republic of Azerbaijan submitted its 5th and 6th periodic on 24 December 2018 to the Secretariat of Committee. 

8. Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW)

The 2nd periodic report of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the implementation of “International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families” was reviewed and relevant recommendations were provided during the 18th session of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers held on 17-18 April 2013 in Geneva. The Republic of Azerbaijan was requested to present its 3rd periodic report until 1 May 2018 to the Secretariat of Committee. The Republic of Azerbaijan has decided to opt for simplified reporting procedure with regard to its 3rd periodic report and was requested to present its replies to the list of issues under the simplified reporting procedure adopted by the above-mentioned Committee until 1 March 2020 to the Secretariat of the Committee.

9. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The 1st periodic report of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the implementation of “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” was reviewed and relevant recommendations were provided during the 11th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held on 1-2 April 2014 in Geneva. The Republic of Azerbaijan was requested to present its 2nd and 3rdperiodic reports until 28 February 2019 to the Secretariat of Committee. The Republic of Azerbaijan has decided to opt for simplified reporting procedure with regard to its combined 2nd and 3rd periodic report and was requested to present its replies to the list of issues under the simplified reporting procedure adopted by the above-mentioned Committee until 1 October 2019 to the Secretariat of the Committee.

 

                                                                                                                         Updated: 04.07.2019