UN Monitoring Bodies

Sweden has ratified seven core UN human rights conventions. For each of the conventions, a committee of independent experts has been established. The committees are to monitor that States ensure the protection and promotion of the rights stipulated in the conventions they have ratified.

The government of a State that has ratified a convention must regularly, with an interval of between two and five years, report to the committee on the implementation at national level of the provisions stipulated in the convention.

For Sweden's reports to the UN Monitoring Bodies and their recommendations - read more at each committee website, see links below. (More information in Swedish)

International Covenant on Civil and Political (ICCPR)

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)

Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ICRPD)

Optional Protocols

Human rights treaties can be followed by so called Optional Protocols, which may either provide for procedures with regard to the treaty or address a substantive area related to the treaty. Optional Protocols to human rights treaties are treaties in their own right, and are open to signature, accession or ratification by countries who are party to the main treaty.

Conventions and protocols to which Sweden has acceeded

Reporting responsibility

  • ICCPR – Art. 40.1 (b): Upon request by the Committee (in practice every five years)
  • CERD – Art. 9.1 (b): Every two years
  • CRC – Art. 44.1 (b): Every five years
  • CEDAW – Art. 18.1 (b): Every four years
  • CAT – Art. 19.1: Every four years
  • ICESCR – Art. 16-17: According to the program established by ECOSOC (in practice every five years)
  • ICRPD – Art. 35: First report after two years and then every four years.