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UN Treaty Bodies, Special Mechanisms and Procedures

Submissions and reports made to United Nations treaty bodies and special mechanisms can be found below.

HRIC's other submissions to UN bodies include the Human Rights Council and the World Summit of Information Society.


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United Nations Treaty Bodies

The Implementation of the Convention Against Torture (CAT) in the People's Republic of China

The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was adopted by the General Assembly in 1984. It requires States parties to incorporate the crime of torture in their domestic legislation and to punish acts of torture by appropriate penalties; to undertake a prompt and impartial investigation of any alleged act of torture; to ensure that statements made as a result of torture are not invoked as evidence in proceedings; and to establish an enforceable right to fair and adequate compensation and rehabilitation for victims of torture or their dependants.

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Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in the People's Republic of China

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms.

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Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in the People's Republic of China

The Convention on the Rights of the Child spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child.

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Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in the People's Republic of China

Economic, social and cultural rights are fully recognized by the international community and throughout international human rights law. Although these rights have received less attention than civil and political rights, far more serious consideration than ever before is currently being devoted to them. The question is not whether these rights are basic human rights, but rather what entitlements they imply and the legal nature of the obligations of States to realize them.

These rights are designed to ensure the protection of people as full persons, based on a perspective in which people can enjoy rights, freedoms and social justice simultaneously.

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Implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in the People's Republic of China

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State parties.

CERD's Concluding Obvsersions on China and full text of the convention:

Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the People's Republic of China

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, and promotes and protects the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with all types of disabilities. State parties to the Convention commit to adopt all appropriate measures ensuring that persons with disabilities can fully realize all human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability. China ratified CRPD in 2008, and was reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention, in 2012.

United Nations Special Mechanisms

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises

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