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The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its States parties.

The Committee’s work promotes the enjoyment of civil and political rights, resulting in numerous changes of law, policy and practice. As such, it has improved the lives of individuals in all parts of the world. It continues to strive to ensure all the civil and political rights guaranteed by the Covenant can be enjoyed in full and without discrimination, by all people.

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States parties reporting

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All States parties must report on the measures they have adopted relating to the rights described in the Covenant, and on the progress the State has made in the enjoyment of civil and political rights.

Reporting guidelines
Follow-up procedure
Calendar of country reviews & documentation deadlines
Country-specific information overview

View the database of progress reports by one or more of these criteria.

Contact information

Human Rights Committee (CCPR)
Human Rights Treaties Division (HRTD)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais Wilson - 52, rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva (Switzerland)

Mailing address:
CH-1211 Geneva 10 (Switzerland)
Fax: +41 22 917 90 08
E-mail: [email protected]
Twitter: @UNTreatyBodies

For individual complaints:
Petitions and Inquiries Section
Human Rights Committee
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
8-14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneve 10, Switzerland
Email: [email protected]

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Status of ratifications

To date, 173 of the 193 UN Member States have ratified the Covenant. 116 have signed the first Optional Protocol and 89 have signed the second Optional Protocol.

Declarations and reservations – Covenant

Declarations and reservations – Optional Protocol 1

Declarations and reservations – Optional Protocol 2

Ratification status map