By The Nation
The organisation meets in Geneva July 3 to 21 to examine the progress of countries in implementing an international convention.
The Committee, which is composed of 23 international independent experts, will hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments and will also be briefed by NGOs and national human rights institutions. The eight countries being reviewed are: Barbados, Costa Rica, Italy, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Romania and Thailand.
The countries have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. CEDAW’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, on the countries reviewed, will be published on July 24.
The 23 independent human rights experts comprising are drawn from around the world. They serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.
The Committee’s dialogues will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.