German candidate elected to the Human Rights Committee
Today the State Parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), one of the central International Human Rights Treaties, elected the German candidate Dr. Anja Seibert-Fohr as a new member to the Human Rights Committee. Ms. Anja Seibert-Fohr garnered the support of 131 States, a remarkable sign of trust and confidence in Germany's Human Rights track record. Ms. Seibert-Fohr will serve on the Committee from 2013 - 2016.
The Human Rights Committee is a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.
All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how these rights are being implemented. States must report one year after acceding to the Covenant and afterwards whenever the Committee requests to do so (usually every four years). The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the respective State party in the form of "concluding observations”.
In addition to the reporting procedure, article 41 of the Covenant provides for the Committee to consider inter-state complaints. Furthermore, the First Optional Protocol to the Covenant gives the Committee competence to examine individual complaints with regard to alleged violations of the Covenant by States parties to the Protocol.
The Committee meets in Geneva or New York and normally holds three sessions per year.
The Committee also publishes its interpretation of the content of human rights provisions, known as general comments on thematic issues or its methods of work.