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Human Rights Committee Adopts Reports on Follow-up to Concluding Observations Concerning Algeria, Angola, Bulgaria and Viet Nam

Meeting Summaries


The Human Rights Committee this afternoon adopted reports by the Special Rapporteur on follow-up to concluding observations concerning Algeria, Angola, Bulgaria and Viet Nam.

According to the Committee’s procedure, the Committee selects a minimum of two and maximum of four recommendations, termed the follow-up recommendations, to be included in the follow-up procedure; these recommendations are indicated in the Committee’s concluding observations issued to a State party following their review by the Committee. When reviewing follow-up reports, the Committee assesses the replies using the scale from A for largely satisfactory replies to E for replies that indicate that the measures taken go against the Committee’s recommendations.

Vasilka Sancin, Committee Expert and the Special Rapporteur on follow-up to concluding observations, presented the assessment of the responses provided by Algeria, Angola, Bulgaria and Viet Nam.

Regarding Algeria, recommendations concerned enforced disappearance; refugees, migrants and asylum seekers; and the right to peaceful assembly.

Concerning Angola, recommendations concerned voluntary termination of pregnancy and maternal mortality; excessive use of force by law enforcement officers; and freedom of assembly.

As for Bulgaria, recommendations concerned hate speech and hate crimes; national, ethnic and religious minorities; and freedom of expression.

Concerning Viet Nam, recommendations concerned the death penalty; freedom of expression; and human rights defenders.

Ms. Sancin said that the information requested should be addressed in the States parties’ next periodic reports.

The draft reports were adopted by the Committee as amended during the discussion and will be available on the web page dedicated to the follow-up procedure for concluding observations.

The Human Rights Committee’s one hundred and thirty-sixth session is being held from 10 October to 4 November. All the documents relating to the Committee’s work, including reports submitted by States parties, can be found on the session’s webpage . Meeting summary releases can be found here. The webcast of the Committee’s public meetings can be accessed via the UN Web TV webpage .

The Committee will next meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 2 November to discuss the reports by the Special Rapporteur on follow-up to Views.


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