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HOME > Public Statements and Opinion Papers > Opinion Papers > Proposal for Civil Society Consultation on Strengthening the UN Human Rights Treaty Body System

Proposal for Civil Society Consultation on Strengthening the UN Human Rights Treaty Body System

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April 18, 2011
Japan Federation of Bar Associations

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About
The civil society consultation on strengthening treaty body system was held in Seoul, Korea, on April 19-20, 2011. We submitted this proposal to the consultation.

 

Main Points
Japan Federation of Bar Associations, based on these experiences of engaging with the treaty bodies as a national NGO, would like to make the following proposals to strengthen the functioning, effectiveness, and impact of human rights treaty bodies.

  1. Enhancing access to the views and General Comments/Recommendations of treaty bodies
  2. Enhancing access of national stakeholders to the reporting procedures and enhancing visibility of the activities of the treaty bodies
  3. Consultation as much as possible in the process of preparing State party's reports and NGO reports and reflection of the consultation's outcome into the State party's reports
  4. Strengthening efforts targeting judges and parliament members who have important roles in the implementation of the human rights treaties at the national level, including implementation of the recommendations
  5. Encouraging active participation of national bar associations and other lawyers' groups in the reporting procedures