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 torture, 1999
Received Sub-Committee visit
India tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 16 October 2014. The document presents India’s international level and national level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
At the international level, India pledged to: continue to engage constructively in deliberations of the Council; continue to support OHCHR, including through regular voluntary contributions; continue to cooperate with Special Procedures, accept requests for visits and respond to communications; continue its open cooperation with civil society in the UPR process; ratify CAT (already a signatory); ratify ICED (already a signatory); cooperate with Treaty Bodies and fulfil its reporting obligations; provide capacity-building and technical support to help other states implement their human rights obligations; and continue to support international efforts to combat racism and intolerance.
At national level, India made commitments to: implement accepted recommendations from the UPR second cycle; strengthen the implementation of the human rights treaties it has ratified; maintain the independence and powers of the NHRI; promote government transparency and accountability, including through the implementation of the Right to Information Act; promote the participation and involvement of civil society.
An analysis of steps taken by India in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it has engaged in less than half of all Council panel and general debates, and less than a quarter of all interactive dialogues. Regarding Special Procedures, while India has a Standing Invitation, only 9 of 24 visit requests have resulted in an actual mission. India has, though, responded to an impressive number of Special Procedures communications (nearly 80%). India is still to ratify CAT and, regarding those treaties to which it is Party, tends to report late. India did make a voluntary contribution to OHCHR in 2014.