The Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Centre) works to promote the participation of NGOs in the work of the Human Rights Committee by raising awareness, strengthening the capacity of the NGOs and providing technical and legal support at all stages of the reporting process and the individual complaint procedure. One of the CCPR-Centre’s priorities is promoting the use of the Human Rights Committee’s follow-up procedure.
The CCPR-Centre also aims at ensuring that the work of the Human Rights Committee is fully taken into account in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) established by the Human Rights Council.
The CCPR-Centre targets national and regional NGOs, as well as thematic NGOs whose mandates relate to the ICCPR.
The Centre for Civil and Political Rights mission is to:
1) Build the capacity of and support NGOs in their activities related to the reporting process
2) Promote the role and the participation of the NGOs in the Human Rights Committee’s reporting procedure
3) Reinforce the involvement of the NGOs in the follow-up to the Recommendations (Concluding Observations)
4) Build the capacity of and support NGOs in their activities related to the individual complaints procedure, in particular the follow-up
Each year the CCPR-Centre runs projects with national NGOs in between four and seven key countries to support the NGOs engagement with the Human Rights Committee. All these projects follow the same format, but this can be adjusted to respond to the specific needs of national NGOs.
The projects have three phases which provide the NGOs with practical support throughout the reporting procedure:
• Phase 1: Drafting an NGO report before the HR Committee adopts the List of Issues and an NGO report responding to the List of Issues
• Phase 2: Attendance at the HR Committee sessions and lobbying
• Phase 3: Activities related to the follow-up to the Recommendations (Concluding Observations)
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