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The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
(ICCPR) is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution 2200A (XXI) on 19 December 1966, and in force from 23 March 1976 in accordance with Article 49 of the covenant. Article 49 allowed that the covenant will enter into force three months after the date of the deposit of the thirty-fifth instrument of ratification or accession. The covenant commits its parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial.[2] As of February 2017[update], the Covenant has 170 parties and six more signatories without ratification.[1] The ICCPR is part of the International Bill of Human Rights, along with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).[3] The ICCPR is monitored by the United Nations Human Rights Committee
United Nations Human Rights Committee
(a separate body to the United Nations Human Rights Council), which reviews regular reports of States parties on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially one year after acceding to the Covenant and then whenever the Committee requests (usually every four years). The Committee normally meets in Geneva and normally holds three sessions per year.


1 History 2 Articles of the Covenant

2.1 Rights to physical integrity 2.2 Liberty and security of person 2.3 Procedural fairness and rights of the accused 2.4 Individual liberties 2.5 Political rights

3 Optional protocols 4 Reservations 5 Implementation and effects

5.1 Australia 5.2 Ireland 5.3 New Zealand 5.4 United States

5.4.1 Reservations, understandings, and declarations 5.4.2 Constitutionality 5.4.3 Non-compliance

6 Parties to the Covenant 7 States not party to the Covenant

7.1 Signatories that have not ratified 7.2 States which are neither signatories nor parties

8 See also 9 Notes 10 References 11 External links


International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The ICCPR has its roots in the same process that led to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[4] A "Declaration on the Essential Rights of Man" had been proposed at the 1945 San Francisco Conference which led to the founding of the United Nations, and the Economic and Social Council was given the task of drafting it.[3] Early on in the process, the document was split into a declaration setting forth general principles of human rights, and a convention or covenant containing binding commitments. The former evolved into the UDHR and was adopted on 10 December 1948.[3] The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.[5] Drafting continued on the convention, but there remained significant differences between UN members on the relative importance of negative Civil and Political versus positive Economic, Social and Cultural rights.[6] These eventually caused the convention to be split into two separate covenants, "one to contain civil and political rights and the other to contain economic, social and cultural rights."[7] The two covenants were to contain as many similar provisions as possible, and be opened for signature simultaneously.[7] Each would also contain an article on the right of all peoples to self-determination.[8] The first document became the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the second the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The drafts were presented to the UN General Assembly for discussion in 1954, and adopted in 1966.[9] As a result of diplomatic negotiations the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was adopted shortly before the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Together, the UDHR and the two Covenants are considered to be the foundational human rights texts in the contemporary international system of human rights.[10] Articles of the Covenant[edit] The Covenant follows the structure of the UDHR and ICESCR, with a preamble and fifty-three articles, divided into six parts.[11] Part 1 (Article 1) recognizes the right of all peoples to self-determination, including the right to "freely determine their political status",[12] pursue their economic, social and cultural goals, and manage and dispose of their own resources. It recognises a negative right of a people not to be deprived of its means of subsistence,[13] and imposes an obligation on those parties still responsible for non-self governing and trust territories (colonies) to encourage and respect their self-determination.[14] Part 2 (Articles 2 – 5) obliges parties to legislate where necessary to give effect to the rights recognised in the Covenant, and to provide an effective legal remedy for any violation of those rights.[15] It also requires the rights be recognised "without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,"[16] and to ensure that they are enjoyed equally by women.[17] The rights can only be limited "in time of public emergency which threatens the life of the nation,"[18] and even then no derogation is permitted from the rights to life, freedom from torture and slavery, the freedom from retrospective law, the right to personhood, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.[19] Part 3 (Articles 6 – 27) lists the rights themselves. These include rights to:

physical integrity, in the form of the right to life and freedom from torture and slavery (Articles 6, 7, and 8); liberty and security of the person, in the form of freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention and the right to habeas corpus (Articles 9 – 11); procedural fairness in law, in the form of rights to due process, a fair and impartial trial, the presumption of innocence, and recognition as a person before the law (Articles 14, 15, and 16); individual liberty, in the form of the freedoms of movement, thought, conscience and religion, speech, association and assembly, family rights, the right to a nationality, and the right to privacy (Articles 12, 13, 17 – 24); prohibition of any propaganda for war as well as any advocacy of national or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence by law (Article 20); political participation, including the right to the right to vote (Article 25); Non-discrimination, minority rights and equality before the law (Articles 26 and 27).

Many of these rights include specific actions which must be undertaken to realise them. Part 4 (Articles 28 – 45) governs the establishment and operation of the Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Committee
and the reporting and monitoring of the Covenant. It also allows parties to recognise the competence of the Committee to resolve disputes between parties on the implementation of the Covenant (Articles 41 and 42). Part 5 (Articles 46 – 47) clarifies that the Covenant shall not be interpreted as interfering with the operation of the United Nations or "the inherent right of all peoples to enjoy and utilize fully and freely their natural wealth and resources".[20] Part 6 (Articles 48 – 53) governs ratification, entry into force, and amendment of the Covenant. Rights to physical integrity[edit] Main articles: Right to life, Torture, and Slavery Article 6 of the Covenant recognises the individual's "inherent right to life" and requires it to be protected by law.[21] It is a "supreme right" from which no derogation can be permitted, and must be interpreted widely.[22] It therefore requires parties to take positive measures to reduce infant mortality and increase life expectancy, as well as forbidding arbitrary killings by security forces.[22] While Article 6 does not prohibit the death penalty, it restricts its application to the "most serious crimes"[23] and forbids it to be used on children and pregnant women[24] or in a manner contrary to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.[25] The UN Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Committee
interprets the Article as "strongly suggest[ing] that abolition is desirable",[22] and regards any progress towards abolition of the death penalty as advancing this right.[22] The Second Optional Protocol commits its signatories to the abolition of the death penalty within their borders. Article 7 prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.[26] As with Article 6, it cannot be derogated from under any circumstances.[19] The article is now interpreted to impose similar obligations to those required by the United Nations Convention Against Torture, including not just prohibition of torture, but active measures to prevent its use and a prohibition on refoulement.[27] In response to Nazi human experimentation
Nazi human experimentation
during WW2 this article explicitly includes a prohibition on medical and scientific experimentation without consent.[26] Article 8 prohibits slavery and enforced servitude in all situations.[28] The article also prohibits forced labour, with exceptions for criminal punishment, military service and civil obligations.[29] Liberty and security of person[edit] Main article: Habeas corpus Article 9 recognises the rights to liberty and security of the person. It prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention, requires any deprivation of liberty to be according to law,[30] and obliges parties to allow those deprived of their liberty to challenge their imprisonment through the courts.[31] These provisions apply not just to those imprisoned as part of the criminal process, but also to those detained due to mental illness, drug addiction, or for educational or immigration purposes.[32] Articles 9.3 and 9.4 impose procedural safeguards around arrest, requiring anyone arrested to be promptly informed of the charges against them, and to be brought promptly before a judge.[33] It also restricts the use of pre-trial detention,[34] requiring that it not be 'the general rule'.[32] Article 10 requires anyone deprived of liberty to be treated with dignity and humanity.[35] This applies not just to prisoners, but also to those detained for immigration purposes or psychiatric care.[36] The right complements the Article 7 prohibition on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.[36] The article also imposes specific obligations around criminal justice, requiring prisoners in pretrial detention to be separated from convicted prisoners, and children to be separated from adults.[37] It requires prisons to be focused on reform and rehabilitation rather than punishment.[38] Article 11 prohibits the use of imprisonment as a punishment for breach of contract.[39] Procedural fairness and rights of the accused[edit] Main articles: Rights of the accused and Right to a fair trial Article 14 recognizes and protects a right to justice and a fair trial. Article 14.1 establishes the ground rules: everyone must be equal before the courts, and any hearing must take place in open court before a competent, independent and impartial tribunal, with any judgment or ruling made public.[40] Closed hearings are only permitted for reasons of privacy, justice, or national security, and judgments may only be suppressed in divorce cases or to protect the interests of children.[40] These obligations apply to both criminal and civil hearings, and to all courts and tribunals.[41] The rest of the article imposes specific and detailed obligations around the process of criminal trials in order to protect the rights of the accused and the right to a fair trial. It establishes the Presumption of innocence[42] and forbids double jeopardy.[43] It requires that those convicted of a crime be allowed to appeal to a higher tribunal,[44] and requires victims of a Miscarriage of justice to be compensated.[45] It establishes rights to a speedy trial, to counsel, against self-incrimination, and for the accused to be present and call and examine witnesses.[46] Article 15 prohibits prosecutions under Ex post facto law and the imposition of retrospective criminal penalties, and requires the imposition of the lesser penalty where criminal sentences have changed between the offence and conviction.[47] But except the criminal according to general principles of law recognized by international community.[48] (jus cogens) Article 16 requires states to recognize everyone as a person before the law.[49] Individual liberties[edit] Main articles: Freedom of movement, Freedom of religion, Freedom of thought, Freedom of speech, Freedom of assembly, Freedom of association, and Right of Return Article 12 guarantees freedom of movement, including the right of persons to choose their residence, to leave and return to a country.[50] These rights apply to legal aliens as well as citizens of a state,[51] and can be restricted only where necessary to protect national security, public order or health, and the rights and freedoms of others.[52] The article also recognises a right of people to enter their own country; the Right of return.[53] The Human Rights Committee interprets this right broadly as applying not just to citizens, but also to those stripped of or denied their nationality.[51] They also regard it as near-absolute; "there are few, if any, circumstances in which deprivation of the right to enter one's own country could be reasonable".[51] Article 13 forbids the arbitrary expulsion of resident aliens and requires such decisions to be able to be appealed and reviewed.[54] Article 17 mandates the right of privacy.[55] This provision, specifically article 17(1), protects private adult consensual sexual activity, thereby nullifying prohibitions on homosexual behaviour,[56] however, the wording of this covenant's marriage right (Article 23) excludes the extrapolation of a same-sex marriage right from this provision.[57] Article 17 also protects people against unlawful attacks to their honor and reputation. Article 17 (2) grants the protection of the Law against such attacks[55] Article 18 mandates freedom of religion or belief.[58] Article 19 mandates freedom of expression.[59] Article 20 mandates sanctions against inciting hatred.[60] Articles 21 and 22 mandate freedom of association. These provisions guarantee the right to freedom of association, the right to trade unions and also defines the International Labour Organisation.[61][62] Article 23 mandates the right of marriage.[63] The wording of this provision neither requires nor prohibits same-sex marriage.[64] Article 24 mandates special protection, the right to a name, and the right to a nationality for every child.[65] Article 27 mandates the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minority to enjoy their own culture, to profess their own religion, and to use their own language.[66] Political rights[edit] Article 3 provides an accessory non-discrimination principle. Accessory in the way that it cannot be used independently and can only be relied upon in relation to another right protected by the ICCPR. In contrast, Article 26 contains a revolutionary norm by providing an autonomous equality principle which is not dependent upon another right under the convention being infringed. This has the effect of widening the scope of the non-discrimination principle beyond the scope of ICCPR. Optional protocols[edit] There are two Optional Protocols to the Covenant. The First Optional Protocol establishes an individual complaints mechanism, allowing individuals to complain to the Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Committee
about violations of the Covenant.[67] This has led to the creation of a complex jurisprudence on the interpretation and implementation of the Covenant. As of July 2013[update], the First Optional Protocol has 116 parties.[68] The Second Optional Protocol abolishes the death penalty; however, countries were permitted to make a reservation allowing for use of death penalty for the most serious crimes of a military nature, committed during wartime.[69] As of December 2017[update], the Second Optional Protocol had 85 parties.[70] Reservations[edit]

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A number of parties have made reservations and interpretative declarations to their application of the Covenant.[71] Argentina
will apply the fair trial rights guaranteed in its constitution to the prosecution of those accused of violating the general law of nations.[1] Australia
reserves the right to progressively implement the prison standards of Article 10, to compensate for miscarriages of justice by administrative means rather than through the courts, and interprets the prohibition on racial incitement as being subject to the freedoms of expression, association and assembly. It also declares that its implementation will be effected at each level of its federal system.[1] Austria
reserves the right to continue to exile members of the House of Habsburg, and limits the rights of the accused and the right to a fair trial to those already existing in its legal system.[1] Bahamas, due to problems with implementation, reserves the right not to compensate for miscarriages of justice.[1] Bahrain
interprets Articles 3 (no sexual discrimination), 18 (freedom of religion) and 23 (family rights) within the context of Islamic Sharia law.[1] Bangladesh
reserves the right to try people in absentia where they are fugitives from justice and declares that resource constraints mean that it cannot necessarily segregate prisons or provide counsel for accused persons.[1] Barbados
reserves the right not to provide free counsel for accused persons due to resource constraints.[1] Belgium
interprets the freedoms of speech, assembly and association in a manner consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights. It does not consider itself obliged to ban war propaganda as required by Article 20, and interprets that article in light of the freedom of expression in the UDHR.[1] Belize
reserves the right not to compensate for miscarriages of justice, due to problems with implementation, and does not plan to provide free legal counsel for the same reasons as above. It also refuses to ensure the right to free travel at any time, due to a law requiring those travelling abroad to provide tax clearance certificates.[1] Congo, as per the Congolese Code of Civil, Commercial, Administrative and Financial Procedure, in matters of private law, decisions or orders emanating from conciliation proceedings may be enforced through imprisonment for debt.[1] Denmark
reserves the right to exclude the press and the public from trials as per its own laws. Reservation is further made to Article 20, paragraph 1. This reservation is in accordance with the vote cast by Denmark
in the XVI General Assembly of the United Nations in 1961 when the Danish Delegation, referring to the preceding article concerning freedom of expression, voted against the prohibition against propaganda for war.[1] The Gambia, as per its constitution, will provide free legal assistance for accused persons charged with capital offences only.[1] Pakistan, has made several reservations to the articles in the Convention; "the provisions of Articles 3, 6, 7, 18 and 19 shall be so applied to the extent that they are not repugnant to the Provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan
and the Sharia laws", "the provisions of Article 12 shall be so applied as to be in conformity with the Provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan", "With respect to Article 13, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
reserves its right to apply its law relating to foreigners", "the provisions of Article 25 shall be so applied to the extent that they are not repugnant to the Provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan" and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
"does not recognize the competence of the Committee provided for in Article 40 of the Covenant". The United States
United States
has made reservations that none of the articles should restrict the right of free speech and association; that the US government may impose capital punishment on any person other than a pregnant woman, including persons below the age of 18; that "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment" refers to those treatments or punishments prohibited by one or more of the fifth, eighth, and fourteenth amendments to the US Constitution; that Paragraph 1, Article 15 will not apply; and that, notwithstanding paragraphs 2(b) and 3 of Article 10 and paragraph 4 of Article 14, the US government may treat juveniles as adults, and accept volunteers to the military prior to the age of 18. The United States
United States
also submitted five "understandings", and four "declarations".[72] Implementation and effects[edit] The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
has 167 states parties, 67 by signature and ratification, and the remainder by accession or succession. Another five states have signed but have yet to ratify the treaty.[1] Australia[edit] The Covenant is not directly enforceable in Australia, but its provisions support a number of domestic laws, which confer enforceable rights on individuals. For example, Article 17 of the Convention has been implemented by the Australian Privacy Act 1988. Likewise, the Covenant’s equality and anti-discrimination provisions support the federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Finally, the Covenant is one of the major sources of 'human rights' listed in the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.[73] This law requires most new legislation and administrative instruments (such as delegated/subordinate legislation) to be tabled in parliament with a statement outlining the proposed law's compatibility with the listed human rights[74] A Joint Committee on Human Rights scrutinises all new legislation and statements of compatibility.[75] The findings of the Joint Committee are not legally binding. Legislation also establishes the Australian Human Rights Commission[76] which allows the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to examine enacted legislation[77] (to suggest remedial enactments[78]), its administration[79] (to suggest avoidance of practices[80]) and general compliance[81] with the covenant which is schedule to the AHRC legislation.[82] In Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, the Convention can be used by a plaintiff or defendant who invokes those jurisdiction's human rights charters.[83] While the Convention cannot be used to overturn a Victorian or ACT law, a Court can issue a 'declaration of incompatibility' that requires the relevant Attorney-General to respond in Parliament within a set time period.[85] Courts in Victoria and the ACT are also directed by the legislation to interpret the law in a way to give effect to a human right,[84] and new legislation and subordinate legislation must be accompanied by a statement of compatibility.[86] Efforts to implement a similar Charter at the national level have been frustrated and Australia's Constitution may prevent conferring the 'declaration' power on federal judges.[87] Ireland[edit] Ireland's use of Special
Criminal Courts where juries are replaced by judges and other special procedures apply has been found to not violate the treaty: "In the Committee's view, trial before courts other than the ordinary courts is not necessarily, per se, a violation of the entitlement to a fair hearing and the facts of the present case do not show that there has been such a violation."[88] New Zealand[edit] New Zealand
New Zealand
took measures to give effect to many of the rights contained within it by passing the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act
New Zealand Bill of Rights Act
in 1990, and formally incorporated the status of protected person into law through the passing of the Immigration Act 2009.[89] United States[edit] Reservations, understandings, and declarations[edit] The United States Senate
United States Senate
ratified the ICCPR in 1992, with five reservations, five understandings, and four declarations.[90] Some have noted that with so many reservations, its implementation has little domestic effect.[91] Included in the Senate's ratification was the declaration that "the provisions of Article 1 through 27 of the Covenant are not self-executing",[92] and in a Senate Executive Report stated that the declaration was meant to "clarify that the Covenant will not create a private cause of action in U.S. Courts."[93] However, "expressed declarations" do not affect treaties [Igartua-De Le Rosa v. US, 417 F.3d 145, 190-191 (1st Cir. 2005)] Fleming v US (15-8425) establishes the ICCPR treaty IS SELF-Executing by legal definition of a self-executing treaty, US reports to UN, DOJ and US Ambassador Hamamoto. Where a treaty or covenant is not self-executing, and where Congress has not acted to implement the agreement with legislation, no private right of action within the US judicial system is created by ratification.[94] However, the US Federal Government has held that the ICCPR treaty was only ratified "after" it was determined that all the necessary legislation was in place to provide for domestic effect of law, thereby making the ICCPR treaty self-executing by definition. See all four reports by US to UN regarding the ICCPR treaty. It is also important to emphasize that the "self-executing" statement was a declaration and the Courts have held that declarations have no effect upon treaty law and the rights of citizens.[citation needed] As a reservation that is "incompatible with the object and purpose" of a treaty is void as a matter of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and international law,[95] there is some issue as to whether the non-self-execution declaration is even legal under domestic law.[96] Prominent critics in the human rights community, such as Prof. Louis Henkin[97] (non-self-execution declaration incompatible with the Supremacy Clause) and Prof. Jordan
Paust[98] ("Rarely has a treaty been so abused") have denounced the United States' ratification subject to the non-self-execution declaration as a blatant fraud upon the international community, especially in light of its subsequent failure to conform domestic law to the minimum human rights standards as established in the Covenant and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights over the last thirty years. Constitutionality[edit] It has been argued that Article 20(2) of the ICCPR, as well as Article 4 of the ICERD, may be unconstitutional according to Supreme Court precedent, which is the reason behind the Senate reservations.[99] Non-compliance[edit] In 1994, the United Nations' Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Committee
expressed concerns with compliance:[100]

Of particular concern are widely formulated reservations which essentially render ineffective all Covenant rights which would require any change in national law to ensure compliance with Covenant obligations. No real international rights or obligations have thus been accepted. And when there is an absence of provisions to ensure that Covenant rights may be sued on in domestic courts, and, further, a failure to allow individual complaints to be brought to the Committee under the first Optional Protocol, all the essential elements of the Covenant guarantees have been removed.

Indeed, the United States
United States
has not accepted a single international obligation required under the Covenant. It has not changed its domestic law to conform with the strictures of the Covenant.[101] Its citizens are not permitted to sue to enforce their basic human rights under the Covenant.[101] It has not ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture
(OPCAT). As such, the Covenant has been rendered ineffective, with the bone of contention being United States officials' insistence upon preserving a vast web of sovereign, judicial, prosecutorial, and executive branch immunities that often deprives its citizens of the "effective remedy" under law the Covenant is intended to guarantee. In 2006, the Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Committee
expressed concern over what it interprets as material non-compliance, exhorting the United States
United States
to take immediate corrective action:[102]

The Committee notes with concern the restrictive interpretation made by the State party of its obligations under the Covenant, as a result in particular of (a) its position that the Covenant does not apply with respect to individuals under its jurisdiction but outside its territory, nor in time of war, despite the contrary opinions and established jurisprudence of the Committee and the International Court of Justice; (b) its failure to take fully into consideration its obligation under the Covenant not only to respect, but also to ensure the rights prescribed by the Covenant; and (c) its restrictive approach to some substantive provisions of the Covenant, which is not in conformity with the interpretation made by the Committee before and after the State party’s ratification of the Covenant.

The State party should review its approach and interpret the Covenant in good faith, in accordance with the ordinary meaning to be given to its terms in their context, including subsequent practice, and in the light of its object and purpose. The State party should in particular (a) acknowledge the applicability of the Covenant with respect to individuals under its jurisdiction but outside its territory, as well as its applicability in time of war; (b) take positive steps, when necessary, to ensure the full implementation of all rights prescribed by the Covenant; and (c) consider in good faith the interpretation of the Covenant provided by the Committee pursuant to its mandate.

As of February 2013[update], the United States
United States
is among States scheduled for examination in the 107th (11–28 March 2013) and 109th (14 October – 1 November 2013) sessions of the Committee.[103][needs update] Parties to the Covenant[edit] There are a total of 170 parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.[104]

State party Signed Ratified or acceded Entry into force

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 Bolivia — 000000001982-08-12-000012 August 1982 000000001982-11-12-000012 November 1982

 Bosnia and Herzegovina[A] — 000000001993-09-01-00001 September 1993 000000001992-03-06-00006 March 1992

 Botswana 000000002000-09-08-00008 September 2000 000000002000-09-08-00008 September 2000 000000002000-12-08-00008 December 2000

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 Burkina Faso — 000000001999-01-04-00004 January 1999 000000001999-04-04-00004 April 1999

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 Cameroon — 000000001984-01-27-000027 January 1984 000000001984-04-27-000027 April 1984

 Canada — 000000001976-05-19-000019 May 1976 000000001976-08-19-000019 August 1976

 Cape Verde — 000000001993-08-06-00006 August 1993 000000001993-11-06-00006 November 1993

 Central African Republic — 000000001981-05-08-00008 May 1981 000000001981-08-08-00008 August 1981

 Chad — 000000001995-06-09-00009 June 1995 000000001995-09-09-00009 September 1995

 Chile 000000001969-09-16-000016 September 1969 000000001972-02-10-000010 February 1972 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Colombia 000000001966-12-21-000021 December 1966 000000001969-10-29-000029 October 1969 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Congo, Democratic Republic of the — 000000001976-11-01-00001 November 1976 000000001977-02-01-00001 February 1977

 Congo, Republic of the — 000000001983-10-05-00005 October 1983 000000001984-01-05-00005 January 1984

 Costa Rica 000000001966-12-19-000019 December 1966 000000001968-11-29-000029 November 1968 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

Cote d'Ivoire ! Côte d'Ivoire — 000000001992-03-26-000026 March 1992 000000001992-06-26-000026 June 1992

 Croatia[A] — 000000001992-10-12-000012 October 1992 000000001993-01-12-000012 January 1993

 Cyprus 000000001966-12-19-000019 December 1966 000000001969-04-02-00002 April 1969 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Czech Republic[C] — 000000001993-02-22-000022 February 1993 000000001993-01-01-00001 January 1993

 Denmark 000000001968-03-20-000020 March 1968 000000001972-01-06-00006 January 1972 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Djibouti — 000000002002-11-05-00005 November 2002 000000002003-02-05-00005 February 2003

 Dominica — 000000001993-06-17-000017 June 1993 000000001993-09-17-000017 September 1993

 Dominican Republic — 000000001978-01-04-00004 January 1978 000000001978-04-04-00004 April 1978

 East Timor — 000000002003-09-18-000018 September 2003 000000002003-12-18-000018 December 2003

 Ecuador 000000001968-04-04-00004 April 1968 000000001969-03-06-00006 March 1969 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Egypt 000000001967-08-04-00004 August 1967 000000001982-01-14-000014 January 1982 000000001982-04-14-000014 April 1982

 El Salvador 000000001967-09-21-000021 September 1967 000000001979-11-30-000030 November 1979 000000001980-02-29-000029 February 1980

 Equatorial Guinea — 000000001987-09-25-000025 September 1987 000000001987-12-25-000025 December 1987

 Eritrea — 000000002002-01-22-000022 January 2002 000000002002-04-22-000022 April 2002

 Estonia — 000000001991-10-21-000021 October 1991 000000001992-01-21-000021 January 1992

 Ethiopia — 000000001993-06-11-000011 June 1993 000000001993-09-11-000011 September 1993

 Finland 000000001967-10-11-000011 October 1967 000000001975-08-19-000019 August 1975 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 France — 000000001980-11-04-00004 November 1980 000000001981-02-04-00004 February 1981

 Gabon — 000000001983-01-21-000021 January 1983 000000001983-04-21-000021 April 1983

 Gambia, The — 000000001979-03-22-000022 March 1979 000000001979-06-22-000022 June 1979

 Georgia — 000000001994-05-03-00003 May 1994 000000001994-08-03-00003 August 1994

 Germany[D] 000000001968-10-09-00009 October 1968 000000001973-12-17-000017 December 1973 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Ghana 000000002000-09-07-00007 September 2000 000000002000-09-07-00007 September 2000 000000002000-12-07-00007 December 2000

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 Guatemala — 000000001992-05-05-00005 May 1992 000000001992-08-05-00005 August 1992

 Guinea 000000001967-02-28-000028 February 1967 000000001978-01-24-000024 January 1978 000000001978-04-24-000024 April 1978

 Guinea-Bissau 000000002000-09-12-000012 September 2000 000000002010-11-01-00001 November 2010 000000002011-02-01-00001 February 2011

 Guyana 000000001968-08-22-000022 August 1968 000000001977-02-15-000015 February 1977 000000001977-05-15-000015 May 1977

 Haiti — 000000001991-02-06-00006 February 1991 000000001991-05-06-00006 May 1991

 Honduras 000000001966-12-19-000019 December 1966 000000001997-08-25-000025 August 1997 000000001997-11-25-000025 November 1997

 Hungary 000000001969-03-25-000025 March 1969 000000001974-01-17-000017 January 1974 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Iceland 000000001968-12-30-000030 December 1968 000000001979-08-22-000022 August 1979 000000001979-11-22-000022 November 1979

 India — 000000001979-04-10-000010 April 1979 000000001979-07-10-000010 July 1979

 Indonesia — 000000002006-02-23-000023 February 2006 000000002006-05-23-000023 May 2006

 Iran 000000001968-04-04-00004 April 1968 000000001975-06-24-000024 June 1975 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Iraq 000000001969-02-18-000018 February 1969 000000001971-01-25-000025 January 1971 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Ireland 000000001973-10-01-00001 October 1973 000000001989-12-08-00008 December 1989 000000001990-03-08-00008 March 1990

 Israel 000000001966-12-19-000019 December 1966 000000001991-10-03-00003 October 1991 000000001992-01-03-00003 January 1992

 Italy 000000001967-01-18-000018 January 1967 000000001978-09-15-000015 September 1978 000000001978-12-15-000015 December 1978

 Jamaica 000000001966-12-19-000019 December 1966 000000001975-10-03-00003 October 1975 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Japan 000000001978-05-30-000030 May 1978 000000001979-06-21-000021 June 1979 000000001979-09-21-000021 September 1979

 Jordan 000000001972-06-30-000030 June 1972 000000001975-05-28-000028 May 1975 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Kazakhstan 000000002003-12-02-00002 December 2003 000000002006-01-24-000024 January 2006 000000002006-04-24-000024 April 2006

 Kenya — 000000001972-05-01-00001 May 1972 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Korea, North[E] — 000000001981-09-14-000014 September 1981 000000001981-12-14-000014 December 1981

 Korea, South — 000000001990-04-10-000010 April 1990 000000001990-07-10-000010 July 1990

 Kuwait — 000000001996-05-21-000021 May 1996 000000001996-08-21-000021 August 1996

 Kyrgyzstan — 000000001994-10-07-00007 October 1994 000000001995-01-07-00007 January 1995

 Laos 000000002000-12-07-00007 December 2000 000000002009-09-25-000025 September 2009 000000002009-12-25-000025 December 2009

 Latvia — 000000001992-04-14-000014 April 1992 000000001992-07-14-000014 July 1992

 Lebanon — 000000001972-11-03-00003 November 1972 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Lesotho — 000000001992-09-09-00009 September 1992 000000001992-12-09-00009 December 1992

 Liberia 000000001967-04-18-000018 April 1967 000000002004-09-22-000022 September 2004 000000002004-12-22-000022 December 2004

 Libya — 000000001970-05-15-000015 May 1970 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Liechtenstein — 000000001998-12-10-000010 December 1998 000000001999-03-10-000010 March 1999

 Lithuania — 000000001991-11-20-000020 November 1991 000000001992-02-10-000010 February 1992

 Luxembourg 000000001974-11-26-000026 November 1974 000000001983-08-18-000018 August 1983 000000001983-11-18-000018 November 1983

 Macedonia, Republic of[A] — 000000001994-01-18-000018 January 1994 000000001991-09-17-000017 September 1991

 Madagascar 000000001969-09-17-000017 September 1969 000000001971-06-21-000021 June 1971 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Malawi — 000000001993-12-22-000022 December 1993 000000001994-03-22-000022 March 1994

 Maldives — 000000002006-09-19-000019 September 2006 000000002006-12-19-000019 December 2006

 Mali — 000000001974-07-16-000016 July 1974 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Malta — 000000001990-09-13-000013 September 1990 000000001990-12-13-000013 December 1990

 Marshall Islands — 000000002018-03-12-000012 March 2018 000000002018-06-12-000012 June 2018

 Mauritania — 000000002004-11-17-000017 November 2004 000000002005-02-17-000017 February 2005

 Mauritius — 000000001973-12-12-000012 December 1973 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Mexico — 000000001981-03-23-000023 March 1981 000000001981-06-23-000023 June 1981

 Moldova — 000000001993-01-26-000026 January 1993 000000001993-04-26-000026 April 1993

 Monaco 000000001997-06-26-000026 June 1997 000000001997-08-28-000028 August 1997 000000001997-11-28-000028 November 1997

 Mongolia 000000001968-06-05-00005 June 1968 000000001974-11-18-000018 November 1974 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Montenegro[A] — 000000002006-10-23-000023 October 2006 000000002006-06-03-00003 June 2006

 Morocco 000000001977-01-19-000019 January 1977 000000001979-05-03-00003 May 1979 000000001979-08-03-00003 August 1979

 Mozambique — 000000001993-07-21-000021 July 1993 000000001993-10-21-000021 October 1993

 Namibia — 000000001994-11-28-000028 November 1994 000000001995-02-28-000028 February 1995

   Nepal — 000000001991-05-14-000014 May 1991 000000001991-08-14-000014 August 1991

 Netherlands 000000001969-06-25-000025 June 1969 000000001978-12-11-000011 December 1978 000000001979-03-11-000011 March 1979

 New Zealand 000000001968-11-12-000012 November 1968 000000001978-12-28-000028 December 1978 000000001979-03-28-000028 March 1979

 Nicaragua — 000000001980-03-12-000012 March 1980 000000001980-06-12-000012 June 1980

 Niger — 000000001986-03-07-00007 March 1986 000000001986-06-07-00007 June 1986

 Nigeria — 000000001993-07-29-000029 July 1993 000000001993-10-29-000029 October 1993

 Norway 000000001968-03-20-000020 March 1968 000000001972-09-13-000013 September 1972 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Pakistan 000000002008-04-17-000017 April 2008 000000002010-06-23-000023 June 2010 000000002010-09-23-000023 September 2010

 Palestine — 000000002014-04-02-00002 April 2014 000000002014-07-02-00002 July 2014

 Panama 000000001976-07-27-000027 July 1976 000000001977-03-08-00008 March 1977 000000001977-06-08-00008 June 1977

 Papua New Guinea — 000000002008-07-21-000021 July 2008 000000002008-10-21-000021 October 2008

 Paraguay — 000000001992-06-10-000010 June 1992 000000001992-09-10-000010 September 1992

 Peru 000000001977-08-11-000011 August 1977 000000001978-04-28-000028 April 1978 000000001978-07-28-000028 July 1978

 Philippines 000000001966-12-19-000019 December 1966 000000001986-10-23-000023 October 1986 000000001987-01-23-000023 January 1987

 Poland 000000001967-03-02-00002 March 1967 000000001977-03-18-000018 March 1977 000000001977-06-18-000018 June 1977

 Portugal[F] 000000001976-10-07-00007 October 1976 000000001978-06-15-000015 June 1978 000000001978-09-15-000015 September 1978

 Romania 000000001968-06-27-000027 June 1968 000000001974-12-09-00009 December 1974 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Russia 000000001968-03-18-000018 March 1968 000000001973-10-16-000016 October 1973 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Rwanda — 000000001975-04-16-000016 April 1975 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — 000000001981-11-09-00009 November 1981 000000001981-02-09-00009 February 1981

 Samoa — 000000002008-02-15-000015 February 2008 000000002008-05-15-000015 May 2008

 San Marino — 000000001985-10-18-000018 October 1985 000000001986-01-18-000018 January 1986

Sao Tome and Principe ! São Tomé and Príncipe 000000001995-10-31-000031 October 1995 000000002017-01-10-000010 January 2017 000000002017-04-10-000010 April 2017

 Senegal 000000001970-07-06-00006 July 1970 000000001978-02-13-000013 February 1978 000000001978-05-13-000013 May 1978

 Serbia[A] — 000000002001-03-12-000012 March 2001 000000001992-04-27-000027 April 1992

 Seychelles — 000000001992-05-05-00005 May 1992 000000001992-08-05-00005 August 1992

 Sierra Leone — 000000001996-08-23-000023 August 1996 000000001996-11-23-000023 November 1996

 Slovakia[C] — 000000001993-05-28-000028 May 1993 000000001993-01-01-00001 January 1993

 Slovenia[A] — 000000001992-07-06-00006 July 1992 000000001992-10-06-00006 October 1992

 Somalia — 000000001990-01-24-000024 January 1990 000000001990-04-24-000024 April 1990

 South Africa 000000001994-10-03-00003 October 1994 000000001998-12-10-000010 December 1998 000000001999-03-10-000010 March 1999

 Spain 000000001976-09-28-000028 September 1976 000000001977-04-27-000027 April 1977 000000001977-07-27-000027 July 1977

 Sri Lanka — 000000001980-06-11-000011 June 1980 000000001980-09-11-000011 September 1980

 Sudan — 000000001986-03-18-000018 March 1986 000000001986-06-18-000018 June 1986

 Suriname — 000000001976-12-28-000028 December 1976 000000001977-03-28-000028 March 1977

 Swaziland — 000000002004-03-26-000026 March 2004 000000002004-06-26-000026 June 2004

 Sweden 000000001967-09-29-000029 September 1967 000000001971-12-06-00006 December 1971 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

  Switzerland — 000000001992-06-18-000018 June 1992 000000001992-09-18-000018 September 1992

 Syria — 000000001969-04-21-000021 April 1969 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Tajikistan — 000000001999-01-04-00004 January 1999 000000001999-04-04-00004 April 1999

 Tanzania — 000000001976-06-11-000011 June 1976 000000001976-09-11-000011 September 1976

 Thailand — 000000001996-10-29-000029 October 1996 000000001997-01-29-000029 January 1997

 Togo — 000000001984-05-24-000024 May 1984 000000001984-08-24-000024 August 1984

 Trinidad and Tobago — 000000001978-12-21-000021 December 1978 000000001979-03-21-000021 March 1979

 Tunisia 000000001968-04-30-000030 April 1968 000000001969-03-18-000018 March 1969 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Turkey 000000002000-08-15-000015 August 2000 000000002003-09-23-000023 September 2003 000000002003-12-23-000023 December 2003

 Turkmenistan — 000000001997-05-01-00001 May 1997 000000001997-08-01-00001 August 1997

 Uganda — 000000001995-06-21-000021 June 1995 000000001995-09-21-000021 September 1995

 Ukraine 000000001968-03-20-000020 March 1968 000000001973-11-12-000012 November 1973 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 United Kingdom[G] 000000001968-09-16-000016 September 1968 000000001976-05-20-000020 May 1976 000000001976-08-20-000020 August 1976

 United States 000000001977-10-05-00005 October 1977 000000001992-06-08-00008 June 1992 000000001992-09-08-00008 September 1992

 Uruguay 000000001967-02-21-000021 February 1967 000000001967-05-21-000021 May 1967 000000001976-03-23-000023 March 1976

 Uzbekistan — 000000001995-09-28-000028 September 1995 000000001995-12-28-000028 December 1995

 Vanuatu 000000002007-11-29-000029 November 2007 000000002008-11-21-000021 November 2008 000000002009-02-21-000021 February 2009

 Venezuela 000000001969-06-24-000024 June 1969 000000001978-05-10-000010 May 1978 000000001978-08-10-000010 August 1978

 Vietnam — 000000001982-09-24-000024 September 1982 000000001982-12-24-000024 December 1982

 Yemen — 000000001987-02-09-00009 February 1987 000000001987-05-09-00009 May 1987

 Zambia — 000000001984-04-10-000010 April 1984 000000001984-07-10-000010 July 1984

 Zimbabwe — 000000001991-05-13-000013 May 1991 000000001991-08-13-000013 August 1991

States not party to the Covenant[edit] Most states in the world are parties to the ICCPR. The following 27 states have not become party to it, but six states have signed the Covenant but not ratified it.[104] Signatories that have not ratified[edit]

State Signed

 China[F][G][H] 000000001998-10-05-00005 October 1998

 Comoros 000000002008-09-25-000025 September 2008

 Cuba 000000002008-02-28-000028 February 2008

 Nauru 000000002001-11-12-000012 November 2001

 Palau 000000002011-09-20-000020 September 2011

 Saint Lucia 000000002011-09-22-000022 September 2011

States which are neither signatories nor parties[edit]

 Antigua and Barbuda  Bhutan  Brunei  Cook Islands  Fiji  Kiribati  Malaysia  Micronesia  Niue  Myanmar  Oman

 Qatar  Saint Kitts and Nevis  Saudi Arabia  Singapore  Solomon Islands  South Sudan  Tonga  Tuvalu  United Arab Emirates   Vatican City

See also[edit]

United Nations Human Rights Committee United Nations Human Rights Council United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly
Resolution 66 (I) United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly
Resolution 1514 (XV) United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly
Resolution 1541 (XV) United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly
Resolution 1654 (XVI)


^ a b c d e f  Yugoslavia signed the Covenant on 8 August 1967 and ratified it on 2 June 1971; it entered into force for Yugoslavia on 23 March 1976. Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, the following states located in the former Yugoslavia made declarations regarding that status of the Covenant with regard to themselves:

 Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 1 September 1993, it declared that the Covenant was in force for it since 6 March 1992.  Federal Republic of Yugoslavia – On 12 March 2001, it declared that the Covenant was in force for it since 27 April 1992. On 4 February 2003, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
changed its name to Serbia
and Montenegro, and on 3 June 2006   Serbia
succeeded Serbia
and Montenegro. Therefore, for Serbia, the Covenant has been in force since 27 April 1992.  Republic of Macedonia – On 18 January 1994, it declared that the Covenant was in force for it since 17 September 1991.  Montenegro – On 23 October 2006, it declared that the Covenant was in force for it since 3 June 2006.

^ Although Cambodia
signed the Covenant when it was known as Democratic Kampuchea, it filed an instrument of accession, not ratification, on 26 May 1992. ^ a b   Czechoslovakia
signed the Covenant on 7 October 1968 and ratified it on 23 December 1975; it entered into force for Czechoslovakia
on 23 March 1976. Following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the   Czech Republic
Czech Republic
declared on 22 February 1993 that the Covenant was in force for it since 1 January 1993 and   Slovakia
declared on 28 May 1993 that the Covenant was also in force for it since 1 January 1993. ^  East Germany
signed the Covenant on 23 March 1973 and ratified it on 8 November 1973; it entered into force for East Germany
on 23 March 1976. Following the reunification of Germany
on 3 October 1990, East Germany
ceased to exist. ^ On 25 August 1997, North Korea
North Korea
notified the Secretary-General of the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the Covenant. However, the Secretary-General still considers North Korea
North Korea
a state party to the Covenant because the Covenant does not allow for withdrawal and therefore withdrawal would only be possible if all other states parties allowed it, which has not occurred. ^ a b Portugal
extended the territorial application of the Covenant to Macau
on 27 April 1993. On 3 December 1999, China
notified the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Secretary-General of the United Nations
that the Covenant would still be in force for Macau
following the transfer of sovereignty on 20 December 1999. ^ a b Both China
and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
notified the Secretary-General that the Covenant would continue to remain in force for Hong Kong
Hong Kong
upon transfer of sovereignty on 1 July 1997. ^   Taiwan
(the Republic of China) lost its United Nations membership on 25 October 1971; the Republic of China
signed the Covenant on 5 October 1967 but did not ratify it.


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External links[edit]

Text of the Covenant List of parties article 2 Bimonthly publication highlighting article 2 of the ICCPR Introductory note by Christian Tomuschat, procedural history note and audiovisual material on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the Historic Archives of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law Lecture by Ruth Wedgwood entitled The Work of the United Nations Human Rights Committee: Enforcing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law Christopher N.J. Roberts: William H. Fitzpatrick’s Editorials on Human Rights (1949), published by Arbeitskreis Menschenrechte im 20. Jahrhundert, published at "Quellen zur Geschichte der Menschenrechte"

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International human rights instruments

Declarations, Manifestos and Resolutions

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International law

United Nations General Assembly
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Regional law

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to Prevent and Punish Torture on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities

International humanitarian law

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