Ratification, Reporting and Rights: Quality of Participation in the Convention Against Torture

Cosette Creamer and Beth A. Simmons, "Ratification, Reporting, and Rights: Quality of Participation in the Convention Against Torture," Human Rights Quarterly (August 2015), Forthcoming

42 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2014

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Cosette D. Creamer

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Political Science; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law; Harvard University - Department of Government; Boston University School of Law

Beth A. Simmons

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: June 14, 2014

Abstract

The core international human rights treaty bodies play an important role in monitoring implementation of human rights standards through consideration of States parties' reports. Yet very little research explores how seriously governments take their reporting obligations. This article examines the reporting record of parties to the Convention against Torture, finding that report submission is heavily conditioned by the practices of neighboring countries and by a government’s human rights commitment and institutional capacity. This article also introduces original data on the quality and responsiveness of reports, finding that more democratic – and particularly newly democratic – governments tend to render higher quality reports.

Suggested Citation

Creamer, Cosette D. and Simmons, Beth A., Ratification, Reporting and Rights: Quality of Participation in the Convention Against Torture (June 14, 2014). Cosette Creamer and Beth A. Simmons, "Ratification, Reporting, and Rights: Quality of Participation in the Convention Against Torture," Human Rights Quarterly (August 2015), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2500337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2500337

Cosette D. Creamer (Contact Author)

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