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State Reports

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State reports are an integral part of the examination of State Parties under eight of the existing nine UN human rights treaties, including most recently the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ICRPD) of 2006. The obligation to submit a State report is laid down in each treaty. The document contains information on basic legal and institutional issues such as constitutional provisions, governing structures, penal systems and administrative law, as well as demographic composition and relevant economic structures. The examination is normally conducted by the head of the State Party delegation being invited to present an opening statement highlighting the most recent developments in their country. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) are important providers of supplementary information on the situation in the country regarding the issues being addressed by the relevant committee.

Keywords: ICRPD; legal framework; national human rights institutions (NHRIs); non-governmental organisations (NGOs); state reports; UN human rights treaties



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