Six countries come under human rights spotlight in Geneva

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Human Rights Council. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferr

The human rights record of six countries is coming under the spotlight in Geneva this week during the UN Human Rights Committee's one hundred and twelfth session.

The Committee will review the reports of Sri Lanka, Burundi, Haiti, Malta, Montenegro and Israel on how they are implementing the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The covenant is a multilateral treaty adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1966 and which came into force a decade later.

It commits states to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly.

It also ensures electoral rights and the right to appropriate judicial process and a fair trial.

The concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee will be made available at the end of the month.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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