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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Human Rights Committee

Christian Tomuschat

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 September 2022

Civil and political rights

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The Human Rights Committee (‘HRC’) was established in 1977 under Art. 28 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) (‘ICCPR’). Its general mandate is to monitor compliance by States Parties with their obligation to respect and ensure the rights set forth in the ICCPR. 2 The HRC met first in March 1977. As of the time of writing it has existed for 42 years. During those four decades, it has held 125 sessions—including its summer session of May 2019—which have until recently been of a duration of three weeks each. According to a standard schedule,...
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