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The Interface between Non-governmental Organisations and the Human Rights Committee

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Abstract Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are participating increasingly in the multifaceted work of the Human Rights Committee (HRC), which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). In particular, they have supplied shadow reports, provided input for the Committee’s general comments, and have supported individuals filing communications with the Committee. In so doing, they have eroded the central role of the State in the various HRC procedures, have enriched the sources on which the HRC can draw, and have contributed considerably to the effectiveness and legitimacy of the Committee’s work. Still, some improvements can be made to NGOs’ participation, such as the introduction of greater transparency in NGO reporting and increased cooperation and coordination between the various NGOs.


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