Human rights in Portugal to face scrutiny by UN treaty body

GENEVA (12 October 2012) – The human rights record Portugal will face the scrutiny of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Tuesday 23 October and Wednesday 24 October in meetings that will be webcast live on the Internet.

As one of the 167 state parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is one of the primary international human rights treaties, Portugal is required to undergo regular examinations of its human rights record before the Human Rights Committee. Portugal was last considered by the Committee in 2003.

In meetings which will take place on Tuesday 23 October from 15h00 to 18h00 and Wednesday 24 October from 10h00 to 13h00 Geneva time, the Committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with the delegation of Portugal on questions relating to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

The list of issues that are likely to come up in the dialogue can be found on: and

The Government of Portugal has already submitted a State report on implementation of its human rights obligations to the Committee and a number of non-governmental organisations have also sent reports for the Committee’s consideration.

A live webcast of the session can be viewed on

The concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee on Portugal will be made available at on Thursday 1 November, after which interviews can be arranged with Committee members.

To arrange for an interview with a Committee member, please contact Sindu Thodiyil (+41 22 917 9261/
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