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Ministry of Justice respond on United Nations treaty consultative process

Rapport de Celtic League (porte parole Cathal Ó Luain) publié le 10/12/10 7:33

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has responded to concerns articulated by the Celtic League about the need for it to honour its commitments on consultation with non governmental organizations (NGOs) in respect of United Nations conventions reporting.

The Celtic League, as an NGO, has pan-jurisdictional representation across the area the United Kingdom government reports on.

The UK has agreed (see below) to include the Celtic League in the future vis a vis consultation. However the MOJ seems to believe that commitments in relation to the dissemination of information are adequately met by the provision of a link on its website.

The League will be reiterating concerns about the priority which the UK gives to treaty information dissemination.


Ref: TO 291325

29 November 2010

Dear Mr Moffatt

United Nations Committe on Economic, Social and Cultural rights

Thank you for your letter of 11 September 2010 to the Secretary of State for Justice about the UK's plans to establish an institutional framework for future cooperation with national human rights institutions and civil society for the UK's sixth periodic report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. I have been asked to reply.

The Ministry of Justice has lead responsibility for reporting to the United Nations on the UK's compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparing the UK's 5th periodic report to the Committee that oversees the Covenant we consulted with members of civil society and accepted many of their suggestions on how to improve the report. In March 2009, Ministry of Justice officials met with representatives from various organisations to discuss the content of the report and any issues that were likely to be raised at the UK's examination on 12-13 May 2009. I attach a list of organisations to whom a draft copy of the report was sent in advance of the meeting.

The Government believes that this kind of consultation with civil society enhances the monitoring process and fosters positive working relationships with key human rights stakeholders. However, the Government does not agree that a formal institutional framework is necessary to facilitate consultation. This kind of consultation is a regular feature of Departmental preparations of reports to international bodies. For example, on 22 November the Government Equalities Office held a meeting with members of civil society preparatory to its preparation of the UK's 7th report under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Woman. We will make sure that the Celtic League is added to our list of contacts for future consultations.

Following its 2009 examination of the UK's 5th report, the Committee published its concluding observations on 22 May 2009. In accordance with requests from the Committee to disseminate its Concluding Observations, the Ministry of Justice has placed a link to the Concluding Observations on its website:

(voir le site)

I hope you find this information helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Woollard

Human Rights Division


A list of the members of Civil Society invited to consult on the UK's 5th periodic report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:

1. Committee on the Administration of Justice

2. Penal Reform

3. Amnesty International

4. Children's Rights Alliance for England

5. Prison Reform Trust

6. School of Advanced Study

7. NACRO

8. Human Rights watch

9. Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

10. Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People

11. Howard League for Penal Reform

12. JUSTICE

13. Scottish Human Rights Commission

14. British Institute of Human Rights

15. Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People

16. London Met

17. TactCare

18. TortureCare

19. Equality and Human Rights Commission

20. Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

21. Joint Committee on Human Rights

22. UK Council for International Student Affairs

23. National Union of Students

24. Barnardos

25. National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

26. Article 19

27. Peace Brigades

28. Antislavery

29. UN Association

30. Redress

31. Scottish Law Commission

32. Scottish Women's Convention

33. Engender

34. The Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations

35. Scottish Refugee Council

36. Interfaith Scotland

37. `Bill of Rights NI'

38. ICTUNI

39. Unison

40. Liberty

41. Save the Children"

Related link on Celtic News here:

(voir le site)

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information

Celtic League

04/12/10

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