The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) will hold its 48th session in Geneva, from 30 April to 18 May. This time, it will examine the measures that the governments of Ethiopia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Spain and Peru have taken to comply with the standards established in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
From 2 to 3 May 2012, the Committee will review the second, third and fourth periodic reports by the State of Peru, which delivered its first periodic report in May 1997. In addition, twelve NGOs delivered seven alternative reports for consideration by the Committee. They are: the Centre for Psychosocial Care (CAPS) and the IRCT (International Council for Torture Victims Rehabilitation), the Aurora Vivar Association, Demos-Cladem, the Human Trafficking Report by the Human Right Commission of the Legal Clinic at the PUCP, the NGO Coalition on Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Peruvian National Confederation of Persons with Disabilities, as well as a joint submission by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Centre for the promotion and defense of sexual and reproductive rights (PROMSEX), Study for the Defense of Women's Rights (Demus) and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Such reports are of fundamental importance, since the Committee also reviews and may take into consideration the contributions made by civil society and nongovernmental organizations when adopting its concluding observations.
Since the entry into force of the Covenant on 3 January 1976, and its adoption by the UN General Assembly on December 16, 1966, the ICESCR has been ratified by 160 States Parties. It recognizes the right to work, to establish and join trade unions, social security, to the widest possible protection and assistance for families, to an adequate standard of living, the right to health and education, among others. The Committee evaluates States´ reports and makes observations and recommendations on how to improve the promotion and protection of the rights enshrined in the Covenant.
The Committee will publish its final conclusions on the last day of this session, on 18 May.
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