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 more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
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Belgium presented voluntary pledges and commitments in support of its candidature for membership for the period 2016-2018 in April 2015.
Key pledges include: Ensure that the Council fulfils its mandate to deal with both country situations and thematic issues; Cooperate actively with, and protect the independence of, Special Procedures; Engage constructively with the UPR mechanism, follow-up on accepted recommendations, and ensure that interactive dialogues remain inclusive; Ensure civil society participation in the work of the Council; Continue to support OHCHR, including financially; Maintain cooperation with Treaty Bodies, including by submitting periodic reports in a timely manner and by implementing recommendations; Ratify the OP-CAT; Continue to raise the question of the death penalty, and the role of regional organisations or arrangements, in the Council; and continue work towards the establishment of a NHRI in compliance with the Paris Principles.
An analysis of steps taken by Belgium in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it has indeed ratified the OP-CAT. Belgium has participated in around half of all Council panel discussions and interactive debates. Regarding Special Procedures cooperation, Belgium has facilitated 80% of visit requests. Belgium has a strong record of reporting to Treaty Bodies, although it has one overdue report (CERD – 1 year). Likewise, it participated in its UPR review at ministerial-level and submitted a mid-term report on implementation. Belgium has continued to support the work of the OHCHR through voluntary financial contributions. Its new NHRI was accredited with B status by the GANHRI.