Editing Office - Geneva
Ambassador Dr. Haissam Bou-Said (Special Envoy of the IHR Council to Geneva and Representative of the IHRC to Geneva) will be participating and delivering a word during the session on " Informal consultations of co-facilitators on 2020 treaty body review for States" that will take place at the UNOG on Friday, August 28, 2020.
The United Nations treaty body system plays a pivotal role in strengthening the protection of human rights nationally. The primary mandate, common to all human rights treaty bodies, is to monitor the implementation of the relevant treaty by reviewing the reports submitted periodically by state parties.
The Core International Human Rights Instruments and their monitoring bodies: There are 9 core international human rights instruments. Each of these instruments has established a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisions by its States parties. Some of the treaties are supplemented by optional protocols dealing with specific concerns whereas the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture establishes a committee of experts.
Currently, there are nine human rights international treaties, and one optional protocol, from which 10 treaty bodies have been established. The treaty bodies are composed of independent experts of recognized competence in human rights, who are nominated and elected for fixed renewable terms of four years by State parties.