Update: 05.05.2014

International Feedback: duty of the authorities to inform the public on international human rights 

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.

Committee on the Elimination of Racism CERD

«The Committee recommends that the State party’s reports be made readily available and accessible to the public at the time of their submission, and that the observations of the Committee with respect to those reports be similarly publicized in the official and other commonly used languages, as appropriate.»

Human Rights Committee CCPR

« The State party should widely publicize the text of its second periodic report, the written answers it has provided in response to the list of issues drawn up by the Committee and, in particular, the present concluding observations.»

Committee against Torture CAT

«The Committee recommends that the State party disseminate widely the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations, in appropriate languages, through official web sites, the media and non-governmental organizations.» 

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women CEDAW

«The Committee requests the wide dissemination in Switzerland of the present concluding observations in order to make the people, including government officials, politicians, parliamentarians and women’s and human rights organizations, aware of the measures that have been taken to ensure de jure and de facto equality of women, as well as of the further steps that are required in this regard. It requests the State party to continue to strengthen the dissemination, in particular to women’s and human rights organizations, of the Convention and its Optional Protocol, the general recommendations of the Committee, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”.»

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«The Committee requests that the text of the present concluding comments be widely disseminated in Switzerland in all official languages so as to informthe public, in particular administrators, officials and politicians, of themeasures taken to guarantee de jure and de facto equality between men and
women and of the supplementary measures to be adopted in that area. The Committee also urges the State party to continue to give broad publicity to theConvention, its Optional Protocol, the general recommendations of theCommittee, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the results of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, entitled “Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace in the Twenty-first Century”,which was held in June 2000, particularly among women’s associations andhuman rights organizations.»

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights CESCR

«The Committee requests the State party to disseminate its concluding observations widely among all levels of society and to inform the Committee onall steps taken to implement them. It also urges the Government to consult with nongovernmentalorganizations in the preparation of the second periodic report.»

Committee on the Rights of the Child CRC

«Strengthen and continue its programme for the dissemination of information on the Convention and its implementation among children and parents, civil society, and all sectors and levels of Government, including initiatives to reach vulnerable groups, especially migrant and asylum-seeking children»

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