Remarks at the Thirty-fourth meeting of Chairs of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Kara Eyrich
ECOSOC Adviser
New York, New York
June 2, 2022


Thank you, Mr. Chair and thank you to all the treaty body chairs present today.

The treaty body system plays a critical role in holding States accountable for their human rights obligations. We firmly support efforts to strengthen it and to enhance coordination among the bodies.

We welcome the progress the treaty bodies have made to improve working methods and enhance coordination despite the limitations placed on them by the pandemic.

We echo the call of others that failure to fully fund and support the work of these bodies by timely filing of reports and cooperation with treaty bodies is detrimental to their success. Without the support and cooperation of the states that created these bodies, they cannot complete their important work.

We must also improve safeguards against intimidation and reprisals against individuals and groups cooperating with treaty bodies.Finally, we welcome and encourage a transparent process that engages all stakeholders, in particular civil society organizations, throughout the entire process.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.