Human Rights: Workshop focuses on the finalisation of two State Reports
A one-day consultative workshop aimed at finalising two State reports on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ICESCR) and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) opened on 7 December 2016 at Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre Bornes.
Organised by the Prime Minister’s Office and UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the workshop aims to have an interactive dialogue with stakeholders from ministries and departments, the private sector, civil society and National Human Rights institutions on the two reports. Mr Jean Beafils Fokwa Tsafack, Human Rights Officer, from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, will conduct the workshop.
Present at the opening ceremony, the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr O. K Dabidin, recalled that these draft reports have been prepared after wide consultations within the Government set-up while adding that the consultative workshop will gather inputs from other stakeholders so as to further consolidate the reports from a wider perspective. At the end of the day, the aim is to have National Reports which reflect the views from a very wide spectrum of the Mauritian society, he said.
Mr Dabidin pointed out that the implementation of human rights cannot be the sole responsibility of Government but should be the concern of every citizen of this country. He also stressed the importance of the associated responsibility going with each right.
For his part, Mr Jean Tsafack from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recalled that there are nine core human rights treaties in the Human Rights Treaty System and that Mauritius is a State Party to seven treaties. Each of these instruments, he said, has established a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisions by its States parties.
The two national periodic reports
The 5th periodic report on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Right, which the period of June 2010 to December 2015. It documents the progress made by the country in the implementation of the provisions of the Covenant since the last review in May 2010. The report includes the actions taken by the State to implement as far as possible, the concluding observations made by the Committee following the consideration of the combined 2nd to 4th periodic reports of Mauritius during the last review.
The 20th periodic report on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination report which covers the period of February 2013 to December 2016 focuses on the progress made by the country in the implementation of the provisions of the Convention since the last review in February 2013 by the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination.
Upon finalisation, these two reports will be submitted to the UN Treaty Bodies early next year.