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The participants of the Civil society consultation on strengthening the UN treaty body system hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, 20 and 21 June 2011 call on all civil society organisations to endorse the Pretoria Statement on the strengthening and reform of the UN human rights treaty body system.

The consultation and the statement adopted form part the response of civil society to the call by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem Pillay, to all stakeholders including civil society to make contributions towards making the treaty body system more coherent, coordinated and effective. The statement co-drfted and adopted by organisations that participated in the consultation complements and builds on previous statements adopted at different times in 2010 and 2011 by civil society groupings after consultations. All civil society organisations are called upon to make their contribution in the ongoing reflections from civil society on proposals to reform the treaty body system by subscribing to and endorsing this statement.

The statement has been posted on the webpage of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights dedicated to the treaty body strengthening process  for the purposes of endorsement. Civil society organisations are invited to send their endorsement with the details of the contact person in their organisation preferably before 15 August 2011 to:

Melhik Abebe Bekele (Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria )
melhik.bekele@up.ac.za

The following civil society organisations support the Pretoria Statement on the strengthening and reform of the UN human rights treaty body system.

pdfDownload the Pretoria statement