Status of registered communications
As of 12 November 2012, 41 communications had been registered with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Of those communications, 13 had been decided on the merits (12 violations; 1 no violation) and 11 had been declared inadmissible. Four communications had been discontinued.
At its 53rd session, the Committee reported that it had decided 2 further communications on the merits and declared another communication inadmissible. However, these decisions have not yet been made available publicly.
A significant proportion of communications decided on the merits have concerned either gender-based violence against women (e.g., domestic violence) or reproductive and sexual health (e.g., preventable maternal mortality, access to abortion services).
The two grounds cited most frequently by the CEDAW Committee for declaring a communication inadmissible are: failure to exhaust domestic remedies (Optional Protocol, art. 4(1)); and, alleging facts that occurred prior to the entry into force of the Optional Protocol for the State Party concerned (ratione temporis) (Optional Protocol, art. 4(2)(e)).
For further information on the status of registered communications, see:
Simone Cusack, Status of Registered Communications by Communication (updated 3 November 2012)
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Status of Registered Communications by State Party (updated 2 March 2011)
Last updated: 12 November 2012