New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) About 20 international experts from across Asia met here on Friday to discuss the challenges faced by UN Human Rights mechanisms, especially treaty bodies.
The two-day event, âAsian Regional Consultation of the Academic Platform Project on the 2020 Review’, brought in specialists from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Bangladesh, Iran, Norway, and Switzerland, who looked at the problems in holding governments to account to the 10 key treaty bodies that have been included as part of the mandate given by the UN General Assembly.
The event in Delhi is the last in the series of eight regional consultations that have been held globally since 2016.
It was jointly organized by South Asian University (SAU), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), and Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at the South Asian University campus.
Regional consultations provide ideas and recommendations to put forward in the intergovernmental debate. Consultations have taken place in 2016 in Dublin, Ireland; Moscow, Russia; San Jose, Costa Rica and New York, USA; Nairobi, Kenya in 2017.
The consultation contributes to the process leading up to the General Assembly’s 2020 review, and specifically to help inform the 2018 report of the Secretary General to the General Assembly, a CHRI release said.
Treaty Bodies are international UN Committees of independent experts who monitor State parties’ implementation of international human rights instruments.
Treaty Bodies are a central pillar of the international human rights protection system; they prevent human rights violations by warning States about areas of concern and by advising them on durable solutions that address root causes.
The consultation also witnessed the participation of academia, civil society, and independent experts including Ravindra Pratap, Dean, Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University, Savitri Goonesekere, a former member of Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Sri Lanka, Mikiko Otani, current member of Committee of Rights of Child, Japan, Sanjoy Hazarika, Director CHRI, Sara Hossain, lawyer, Bangladesh, and members from National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, having prior experience with treaty bodies.