The average delay is 31.7 months. However, if you remove the three (3) worst offenders (22 years, 18 years and 10.5 years, respectively), the average drops down to 19.1 months late.
Even the simplified reporting category suffers from late filing (the so-called LOIPR option). Offering the simplified reporting option was supposed to be a way to help states improve their reporting compliancy. Yet only 2 of 13 LOIPR reports submitted so far in 2018 have been submitted on time (again, allowing a grace period of 2 months to be equivalent to "on time").
Here is a table showing the specific deadlines and reports received.
|Country||Treaty||Report type||when due||submitted||how late (months)|
|18||Czech Republic||CRC OPSC||initial||26/09/2015||23/08/2017||23|
|26||Bosnia and Herzegovina||CEDAW||standard||07/07/2017||19/04/2018||10|
Notes to table:
1. The yellow highlighted figures are the 3 "outliers" that I excluded in order to arrive at the average of 19.1 months lateness. If those 3 are not excluded, the average total becomes 31.7 months late.
2. The two LOIPR reports that are shaded "green" were submitted essentially on time, but the prior report deadline that had been missed and replaced by the LOIPR report was late as noted -- 36 months and 32 months late, respectively.
3. The seven (7) beige colored items were essentially on time.
4. This data comes from the OHCHR databases but there is often a lag in the databases, so many reports may have in fact been received, but not noted yet. Nonetheless this is a pretty good snapshot of the current state of play.
States need to work harder to file their reports to the treaty bodies on time. If all reports were submitted on time, the system would receive approximately 300 reports per year, but instead it is receiving only about a third of that -- about 130 reports per year (this year, unless the pace picks up during the 2nd half of the year or there is a lag in reporting documents received into the UN databases that will soon be adjusted, it would seem that there will only be about 90 reports submitted). But even these figures are worse than they seem -- as pointed out above, most of the reports actually received are themselves chronically late, so they do not represent current reports submitted on the current deadlines.