Sierra Leone’s human rights record to face scrutiny by UN body

GENEVA (4 March 2014) – Sierra Leone’s human rights record will face the scrutiny of the United Nations Human Rights Committee for the first time on Tuesday 11 March and Wednesday 12 March in meetings that will be webcast live.

Sierra Leone is one of the 167 states parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is one of the primary international human rights treaties, and so is required to undergo regular examinations of its human rights record before the Human Rights Committee.

Venue: Ground floor conference room, Palais Wilson, Geneva

Time : 15:00 to 18:00  (14:00 in Freetown) on 11 March; 10:00 to 13:00 on 12 March

A live webcast of the public sessions can be viewed on http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

The Committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with the Sierra Leone delegation on questions relating to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. Sierra Leone has submitted a report on implementation of its human rights obligations to the Committee and a number of non-governmental organisations have also sent reports for the Committee’s consideration.

Sierra Leone’s report and the full list of issues likely to be raised can be found here:

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=625&Lang=en

The Committee will hold a news conference on Thursday 27 March at 13:30 at Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss its  concluding observations on Sierra Leone and the other countries being reviewed – USA, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Chad, and Nepal. The concluding observations will be available here on 27 March: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=625&Lang=en

To learn more about the Human Rights Committee, visit:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CCPR/Pages/CCPRIndex.aspx

To learn more about the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CCPR.aspx

To arrange an interview with a Committee member, please contact Kate Fox (+41 (0) 22 917 9398/ kfox@ohchr.org)

For more information and other media requests, please contact Liz Throssell (+41 (0) 22 917 9434/ ethrossell@ohchr.org

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