During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on the human rights situation of Eritrea, 2015
Received Sub-Committee visit
Belgium tabled voluntary human rights pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2009-2012 on 25 March 2009.
At domestic level, Belgium committed to: respect the obligations arising from the human rights instruments to which it is Party.
Internationally, Belgium pledged to, inter alia: be actively involved in the work of the Council; ensure that the Council addresses important human rights situations; protect the independence of and cooperate with Special Procedures; maintain Standing Invitation to Special Procedures and facilitate visits; respond quickly to Special Procedures communications; prepare its national UPR report in a transparent and inclusive manner; work to ensure the UPR delivers improvements on-the-ground; promote and participate in an inclusive dialogue during the UPR; promote the involvement of civil society; support and contribute to the work of the Third Committee; continue to support OHCHR, including financially; ratify CPED, CRPD, OP-CRPD, OP-ICESCR and OP-CAT; cooperate fully with the Treaty Bodies, including by submitting reports in a timely manner; pay particular attention to the rights of vulnerable groups in society; and contribute to UN efforts to combat racism.
An analysis of steps taken by Belgium in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it has indeed ratified CPED, CRPD, OP-CRPD, and the OP-ICESCR. It is yet to ratify OP-CAT. Belgium has participated in around half of all Council panel discussions and interactive debates. Regarding Special Procedures cooperation, Belgium has facilitated 5 out of 7 visit requests and responded to 1 communication, though it is unclear how many it received during the period under review (missing data). Belgium has a strong record of reporting to Treaty Bodies in a timely manner, and is currently on schedule with regard to 7 of its periodic reports. It has only 1 overdue report (ICCPR – less than two months). Likewise, it participated in its UPR review at ministerial-level and submitted a mid-term report on implementation.