The United Nations Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by its state parties. Prof Christof Heyns, former Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Professor of human rights law at the University of Pretoria, is one of the 18 independent experts that make up the Committee. The Committee is in the process of developing General Comment 37 on Article 21 of the ICCPR and Prof Heyns was designated as the Rapporteur for the drafting of the General Comment.
During the Committee’s 127th Session, which runs from 14 October 2019 to 8 November 2019, Prof Heyns will take the Committee through a reading of the Draft General Comment. Discussions on the General Comment are held on 22, 25 and 29 October and on 4 and 8 November 2019. The discussions are streamed live on UN Web TV. Ms Beryl Orao who is a doctoral student at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) is also attending the sessions as Prof Heyns’ intern.
Video: General Comment 37 discussions on 7 November 2019
Video: General Comment 37 discussions on 4 November 2019
Video: General Comment 37 discussions on 30 October 2019
Video: General Comment 37 discussions on 29 October 2019
Video: General Comment 37 discussions on 25 October 2019
Video: General Comment 37 discussions on 22 October 2019
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