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Please click on a Sub-Saharan African country to see its periodic reports and the Concluding observations adopted by the CESCR and the African Commission.

Countries highlighted in red are non reporting States.

United Arab Emirates

Afghanistan

Albania

Armenia

Angola

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 10/01/92 
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2013
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 1990

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

Argentina

Austria

Australia

Azerbaijan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bangladesh

Belgium

Burkina Faso

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 04/01/99
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2012
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 06/07/84

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report only in French, Concluding observations (COs) unavailable
  • 2d periodic report and COs (2004)
  • 3rd periodic report, COs unavailable 

Bulgaria

Burundi

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 09/05/90
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 28/07/89

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (only in French), Concluding observations (COs) unavailable
  • 2d periodic report (period covered: 2001-2010), COs in French only (2014)

Benin

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 12/03/92
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2013
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 20/01/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (only in French), Concluding observations (COs) unavailable
  • 2d periodic report (only in French), COs unavailable
  • 3rd periodic report, COs (2009) 

Brunei

Bolivia

Brazil

The Bahamas

Bhutan

Botswana

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: No
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 17/07/1986

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

Belarus

Belize

Canada

Democratic Republic of the Congo

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 01/11/76
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on Sept 2010
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 20/07/87

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

 

Central African Republic

Status of ratifications

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 08/05/81
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 26/04/86

State reports and Concluding observations/recommendations adopted

African Commission

Republic of the Congo

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 05/10/83
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2009
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 09/12/82

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report in French, Concluding observations unavailable
  • 2d periodic report (period covered: 2001-2007), COs unavailable

Switzerland

Côte d'Ivoire

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 26/03/92
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 06/01/92

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1994-2012), Concluding observations in French only (2012)

Chile

Cameroon

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 27/06/84
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 20/06/89

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Germany

Djibouti

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 05/11/02
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 11/11/91

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial report (period covered : 1993-2014) not yet examined

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Algeria

Ecuador

Estonia

Egypt

Eritrea

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 17/04/01
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 14/01/99

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS : none

Spain

Ethiopia

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 11/06/93
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 15/06/98

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

 

Finland

Fiji

Falkland Islands

France

Gabon

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 21/01/83
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: 01/04/14
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 20/02/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

 African Commission

United Kingdom

Georgia

Ghana

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 07/09/00
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on Sept 2009
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 24/01/89

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report, Concluding observations unavailable
  • 2d periodic report (period covered: 1993-2010), COs unavailable

Greenland

Gambia

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 29/12/78
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 08/06/83

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report, Concluding observations unavailable
  • 2d periodic report (period covered: 1992-1994), COs unavailable

Guinea

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 24/01/78 with Declaration
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 16/02/82

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report  in French only (period covered: 1958-1997),  Concluding observations unavailable 

Equatorial Guinea

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 25/09/87
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 07/04/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

Greece

Guatemala

Guinea Bissau

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 02/07/92
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2009
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 04/12/85

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS : None

Guyana

Honduras

Croatia

Haiti

Hungary

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

India

Iraq

Iran

Iceland

Italy

Jamaica

Jordan

Japan

Kenya

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 01/05/72 with Declaration
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 23/01/92

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1992-2006) and Concluding observations in French only (2007)

Kyrgyzstan

Cambodia

North Korea

South Korea

Kuwait

Kazakhstan

Laos

Lebanon

Sri Lanka

Liberia

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 22/09/04
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 04/08/82

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1984-2012), Concluding observations (2014) to be published

Lesotho

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 09/09/92
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 10/02/92

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1991 - 2000), COs unavailable

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Latvia

Libya

Morocco

Moldova

Montenegro

Madagascar

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 22/09/71 with Declaration
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2009
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 09/03/92

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered : 1991-2008) and Concluding observations (2008) unavailable

Macedonia

Mali

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 16/07/74
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2009
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 21/12/81

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered : 1982-1998) and Concluding observations (2008) unavailable

Myanmar

Mongolia

Mauritania

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 17/11/04
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 14/06/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

 

Malawi

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 22/12/93
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 17/11/89

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered :1995-2013), Concluding observations unavailable

Mexico

Malaysia

Mozambique

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: No
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 22/02/89

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report in English and Portuguese (period covered : 1992-1994), Concluding observations unavailable
  • 2d periodic report (period covered: 1999-2010 and in Portuguese), COs to be published

 

 

Namibia

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 28/11/94
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 30/07/92

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

  • Initial State report, to be reviewed in future sessions

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1992-1997), Concluding observations unavailable
  • 2d report (period covered: 1998-2000), COs unavailable (2001)
  • 3rd report (period covered: 2002-2009), COs unavailable (2011)

New Caledonia

Niger

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 07/03/86
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: 07/11/14
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 15/07/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

Nigeria

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 29/07/93
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 22/06/83

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1990-1992), Concluding observations (COs) unavailable
  • 2d periodic report in French (period covered: 1990-2004), COs unavailable (2006)
  • 3rd report and  COs (2008)
  • 4th report, COs unavailable (2011)
  • 5th report, COs unavailable

Nicaragua

Netherlands

Norway

Nepal

New Zealand

Oman

Panama

Peru

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

Pakistan

Poland

Puerto Rico

West Bank

Portugal

Paraguay

Qatar

Romania

Republic of Serbia

Russia

Rwanda

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 16/04/75
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 15/07/83

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial and 2d State reports and Concluding observations (COs) unavailable
  • 3d report and COs (2004)
  • 4th report, COs unavailable (2007)
  • 5th report and COs (2010)

Saudi Arabia

Solomon Islands

Sudan

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 18/03/86
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 18/02/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

  • Initial State report and Concluding observations (2000)
  • 2d State Report, list of issues to be adopted during the 54 Pre-Sessional Working Group (01 Dec 2014 - 05 Dec 2014)

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1994-1996), Concluding observations (COs) unavailable (1997)
  • 2d report (period covered: 1999-2010) and COs (2004)
  • 3rd report and COs (2009)
  • 4th report, COs unavailable (2012)

Sweden

Slovenia

Slovakia

Sierra Leone

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 23/08/96
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 21/09/1983

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS 

African Commission

Initial report (period covered: 1998-2013), concluding observations unavailable

Senegal

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 13/02/78
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2009
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 13/08/82

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial report and Concluding observations (COs) unavailable
  • 2d periodic report  in French, COs unavailable (2003)
  • 3rd report (period covered : 2003-2013), date of review to be confirmed

Somalia

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 24/01/90
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 31/07/85

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS : None

Suriname

South Sudan

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: No
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: No

El Salvador

Syria

Swaziland

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 26/03/04
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 15/09/95

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report and Concluding observations unavailable (2000)

Chad

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 09/06/95
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 09/10/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (in French, period covered: 1986-1996), COs unavailable

 

French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Togo

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 24/05/84
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Signed on September 2009
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 05/11/82

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report in French (period covered: 1982-1992), Concluding observations unavailable
  • 2d report unavailable, COs (2002)
  • 3rd report unavailable (period covered: 2003-2010) and COs (2012)

Thailand

Tajikistan

East Timor

Turkmenistan

Tunisia

Turkey

Trinidad and Tobago

Taiwan

Tanzania

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 11/06/76
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 18/02/84

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

Ukraine

Uganda

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 21/01/87
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 10/05/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

  • Initial State report, to be reviewed in June 2015

African Commission

United States of America

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Vanuatu

Yemen

South Africa

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 12/01/15
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 09/07/96

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

CESCR

African Commission

Zambia

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 10/04/84
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 10/01/84

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1986-2004), concluding observations unavailable (2007)

Zimbabwe

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 13/05/91
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 30/05/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report  (period covered: 1986-1991), Concluding observations unavailable (1992)
  • 2d periodic report (period covered: 1992-1996), COs unavailable (1997)
  • 3rd report (period covered: 1996-2006), COs unavailable (2007)

Northern Cyprus

Kosovo

Western Sahara

Somaliland

Cabo Verde

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 06/08/93
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: 24/06/2014
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 02/06/87

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report (only in French), Concluding observations (COs) unavailable

Mauritius

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 12/12/73
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 19/06/92

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

UN Committee on ESCR

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered : 1992-1994), Concluding observations unavailable
  • 2d periodic report (period covered: 1994-2008), COs (2009)

Comoros

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: Signed on Sept 2008
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 01/06/86

State reports : None

São Tomé and Príncipe

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: Signed on October 1995
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 23/05/86

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS : None

Seychelles

STATUS OF RATIFICATIONS

  • International Covenant on ESCR: 05/05/92
  • Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: No
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: 13/04/92

STATE REPORTS AND CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

African Commission

  • Initial State report (period covered: 1994-2004), COs unavailable (2006)