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 less than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on the right to food, 2006
Received Sub-Committee visit
Congo tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 9 September 2014. The document presents Congo’s international level and national level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
A significant part of the document presents Congo’s existing contribution to human rights. Where it does offer pledges and commitments, they are generally vague and stated in broad terms.
Domestically, Congo undertook to: implement UPR and Treaty Body recommendations; adopt a national human rights action plan; start a national dialogue on the abolition of the death penalty; introduce human rights education and training; improve the justice and prison system; combat poverty and equality; expand anti-corruption programmes; and curtail human trafficking and sexual violence.
At international level, Congo pledged to: contribute to enhancing the non-politicization of the Council; consolidate steps to be taken based on recommendations from the Council and its mechanisms; submit regular national reports to Treaty Bodies; and ratify international human rights instruments to which it is not yet a party.
An analysis of steps taken by Congo in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that Congo has a generally low participation rate at the Council, engaging in only 19% of panel discussions, 11% of interactive dialogues and 10% of general debates. Regarding cooperation with Special Procedures, Congo accepted 2 out of 2 visit requests, but did not respond to the one communication it received. Congo has 3 Treaty Body reports outstanding (including ICESCR, which is 25 years overdue), but is on schedule for the submission of 3 other reports (CAT, CEDAW and CRC). Congo also submitted a mid-term UPR report.