Middle East and North Africa

In the Middle East and North Africa (or Arab States), a newly-created monitoring body, the Arab Human Rights Committee, will begin to oversee compliance with the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which entered into force in March 2008.  An English-language translation of the Charter, drafted under the auspices of the League of Arab States, is available here.  The Charter does not provide for a complaints mechanism, but rather establishes a process through which the Committee will review State reports (to be submitted every three years) and make recommendations as deemed appropriate.  Although very little information is yet available on the Committee’s work (particularly in English), it is reported to have begun holding sessions to establish its rules and procedures, but has yet to begin requiring or reviewing State reports.

Source: Merva Rishmawi, The Arab Charter on Human Rights and the League of Arab States: An Update, Human Rights Law Review 10:1 (2010), 169-178, available for paid download here.  See analysis of the Committee’s composition, by Amnesty International, here.

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