|A Comparison of Self-Evaluating State Reporting Systems (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1995, 63 p.)|
|CHAPTER 2. MONITORING OF UNITED NATIONS CONVENTIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTS|
The reporting systems relating to UN human rights give rise to the following observations:
(1) The number of overdue reports will not decrease as long as the capacity of the Secretariat to process reports is not increased.20
20 As long as this is the case the Committees will not put overmuch pressure on States to submit their reports.
(2) There is reporting fatigue, since States sometimes have to report up to six times a year on closely related fields.
(3) The effectiveness of the system is impeded by the absence of a consistent follow-up procedure.
(4) A good diplomat will be able to explain away all allegations of a Committee, without any relevant changes taking place in human rights within a State.
(5) Six working languages constitute a heavy burden for the UN.
(6) The Committees experts are not paid for their services, apart from travel and living expenses. So far this has not been a problem, but when Committee sessions take up more than three months a year a normal salary may be required.21
21The experts for the Council of Europe are paid at D1/D2 level.