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:
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in less than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
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Finland tabled its pledges and commitments in support of its candidacy for membership for the 2006-2007 period on 9 May 2006.
Much of Finland’s report described its existing commitments to human rights. However, Finland did make a number of pledges for future action at international and domestic levels.
Internationally, Finland pledged to: ratify the Optional Protocol to the CRC on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography; fully cooperate with the Council, including its UPR mechanism; support Special Procedures; and fully cooperate with the Treaty Bodies.
Domestically, Finland pledged to: further intensify efforts to eradicate violence against women; intensify its fight against human trafficking; intensify action against racism and discrimination; and strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples, particularly the Sami people.
An analysis of steps taken by Finland in fulfillment of its international level pledges shows that it did indeed ratify the OP-CRC. Finland has also cooperated with Special Procedures, maintaining a Standing Invitation and responding to all communications. Similarly, Finland has shown a strong commitment to UPR, participating at ministerial-level, submitting a mid-term report on implementation, and participating in the reviews of 59 other states during the first cycle. Finland is Party to 6 of the core conventions, and at present has one overdue report (CERD – 3 months) and submitted one late (CAT).