Follow-up to the consideration of reports under
articles 16 and 17 of the Covenant

Note by the Secretariat 

1.   At its fourteenth session, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, recognizing the importance of periodically reviewing the implementation by States parties of its suggestions and recommendations, requested the Secretariat to submit to it, as from the fifteenth session, a document indicating all cases where a follow-up had been suggested by the Committee.

2.   The information requested by the Committee is to be found in the annex to the present note.




(status as at 1 January 2002)


State party

Report/summary records/concluding observations

Follow-up measures requested


Action taken


E/1990/5/Add.39 E/C.12/1998/SR.31-33


The Committee requests the State party to provide additional information on the realization of economic, social and cultural rights in the occupied territories, in order to complete its initial report and thereby to ensure full compliance with its reporting obligations.

Detailed information, including the latest statistical data, is also requested on the progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights in East Jerusalem, keeping in mind the concerns raised by the Committee in the relevant paragraphs of the concluding observations. In addition, the Committee also requests updated information on the target dates for recognizing unrecognized villages and an outline plan for the delivery of basic services including water, electricity, access roads, health care and primary education, to which the villagers are entitled as citizens of Israel.

30 June 2000




The Committee requests that the additional information also include an update on the Outline Plan of Ein Hod and progress in the recognition of Arab El-Na’im, as well as an update on the Jahalin Bedouins camped in Abu Dis who are awaiting a court decision on their resettlement. The Committee requests the submission of detailed additional information in this respect in time for the twenty-third session of the Committee in November and December 2000 (para. 32).




Twenty-fourth session, 13 November-1 December 2000

The Committee, having considered the information provided to it by the Permanent Mission of Israel in its note verbale dated 3 November 2000, in a letter addressed to the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, reminded the State party that the concluding observations requested the submission of additional information in time for the Committee’s twenty-fourth session (November-December 2000). Further, the Committee emphasized that some of the additional information, especially the material concerning the occupied territories, was requested “in order to complete the State party’s initial report and thereby ensure full compliance with its reporting obligations” (para. 32). In light of all the circumstances, its concluding observations and the current crisis in Israel and the occupied territories, the Committee resolved at its twenty-fourth session to consider at its next (twenty-fifth) session the situation in the OPT, with a view to assisting the State party to conform to its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Accordingly, the Committee urged Israel to submit up-to-date information on economic, social and cultural rights in the occupied territories by 1 March 2001. This information should give particular attention to the issues concerning the occupied territories that were identified in the concluding observations, as well as those mentioned in the Committee’s letter. The Committee decided to consider the additional information, and any other reliable material with which it is provided, on 4 May 2001 (3.00-6.00 p.m.). The Committee invited the State party to participate in this discussion.

1 March 2001

The Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva in its note verbale dated 3 November 2000 informed the Committee that the second periodic report “… will include issues referred to, and information requested by, the CESCR in its concluding observations to Israel’s Initial Report of November 1998”. The Mission also informed the Committee that “It is expected that the second periodic report will be ready for submission no later than March 2001.”

The additional information was submitted by the State party on 20 April 2001 (E/1989/5/Add.14) and considered by the Committee at its twenty-sixth session in August 2001 (E/C.12/1/Add.69). The second periodic report was submitted by the State party on 3 August 2001.


Document symbol: E/C.12/2002/3
Document Type: Report
Document Sources: Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Country: Israel
Subject: Situation in the OPT including Jerusalem
Publication Date: 17/05/2002