Update: 13.08.2014

International Feedback: lacking national human rights institution

In the following we have chosen some citations on the subject. At the end of each original citation you can find the source with a link to the complete text of the citation.

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Establish an independent national human rights institution

Committee on the Elimination of Racism CERD

«The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation that the State party consider establishing a national human rights institution in accordance with the Principles relating to the status of national institutions (the Paris Principles), taking into account the Committee’s general recommendation No. 17 (1993) on the establishment of national institutions to facilitate implementation of the Convention. It also recommends that the Federal Commission against Racism be provided with adequate funding and resources to effectively and independently carry out its mandate to combat racial discrimination.»

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«The Committee invites the State party once again to establish a well-financed and adequately staffed independent human rights institution according to the Paris Principles. The Committee reiterates its recommendation that the means of the Federal Commission against Racism should be strengthened and recommends more regular dialogue with the FCR.»

Committee against Torture CAT

«The State party should consider establishing a national human rights institution, with broad competence in the area of human rights and equipped to play a role in the coordination and implementation of human rights policies and the implementation of recommendations by treaty bodies, and providing it with the necessary financial and human resources to enable it to work in accordance with the Paris Principles (General Assembly resolution 48/134).»

Human Rights Committee CCPR

«The State party should establish a national human rights institution with a broad human rights mandate, and provide it with adequate financial and human resources, in conformity with the Paris Principles.»

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights CESCR

«The Committee recommends that the State party consider establishing a national human rights institution with a broad human rights mandate that includes economic, social and cultural rights, and to provide it with adequate financial and human resources, in conformity with the Paris Principles. While the Committee recognizes that the decision by the State party to conduct a pilot project creating “a specialized centre on human rights” within universities for a five-year period could be a significant first step, it reminds the State party that this is not an acceptable substitute for an independent national human rights institution fully compliant with the Paris Principles.»

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women CEDAW

«The Committee requests more detailed information on the implementation and outcome of the pilot initiative and on progress made towards the establishment of a national human rights institution, to be included in the next periodic report.»

Committee on the Rights of the Child CRC

«The Committee recommends that the State party establish a federal independent human rights institution in accordance with the Principles relating to the status of national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights (General Assembly resolution 48/134) to monitor and evaluate progress in the implementation of theConvention. It should be accessible to children, empowered to receive and investigate complaints of violations of child rights in a child-sensitive manner, and address themeffectively.»

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