Exploring ways of easing the treaty body reporting burden on Small States
This discussion is being convened by the Governments of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), namely Chile, Denmark, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco, together with Switzerland and Costa Rica, in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Universal Rights Group (URG), with the purpose of hearing from Small States and exploring fresh ideas of how the treaty body reporting burden could be eased, as well as how Small States could be assisted to access the reporting process.
The discussion hopes to:
- Identify common challenges of timely reporting and effective follow-up to concluding observations, and gain a better understanding of the resource, capacity and other constraints affecting Small States with regard to meeting their reporting obligations;
- Share good practices of national mechanisms and processes that have helped facilitate preparation and submission of reports and that could assist Small States in particular;
- Explore the experiences of States that have reported to TBs (and CAT in particular), with a view to recommending ways in which the Committees could streamline reporting procedures or access for Small States (also explore what the CTI and/or other States could do to assist this process).
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