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 visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
WG on African descent, 2013; SR on violence against women, 2013
France tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2014-2016 on 28 October 2013. France made a number of concrete pledges and commitments at both international and national levels.
At international level, France pledged to encourage states to oppose arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances. It also undertook to end impunity and promote the right to truth and justice, particularly through support for international criminal justice. France also committed to support the rights to education, health, food, water and sanitation, and the promotion of human rights in the context of extreme poverty. In terms of engagement with the Council and human rights mechanisms, France pledged to cooperate with all human rights organs and mechanisms, including Special Procedures, Treaty Bodies, and fact-finding missions.
At domestic level, France pledged to promote freedom of opinion and expression, particularly in the context of peaceful demonstrations.
An analysis of steps taken by France in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that France participated in around half of the panel discussions and general debates, but is very active during interactive dialogues at the Council (it spoke during 73% of them). Regarding Special Procedures, France accepted 8 of the 15 visit requests and responded to 13 out of 17 communications received. France is Party to all the core conventions, but often reports late. France is an extremely active participant in the UPR process. It spoke at the reviews of 184 states during the first cycle. It also submitted a mid-term report on the implementation of the recommendations received during its own review. France leads Council initiatives on many of the issues mentioned in its voluntary pledges and commitments, including on enforced disappearances, the right to truth, and human rights and extreme poverty.