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- Year: 1976
- Country: Transnational
- Language: English
- Document Type: International Treaty
- Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy Activities,Aid Effectiveness,Defending Civil Society
The States Parties to the present Covenant,
Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United
Nations, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all
members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Recognizing that these rights derive from the inherent dignity of the human person,
Recognizing that, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of
free human beings enjoying civil and political freedom and freedom from fear and want can only
be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his civil and political rights,
as well as his economic, social and cultural rights,
Considering the obligation of States under the Charter of the United Nations to promote
universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and freedoms,
Realizing that the individual, having duties to other individuals and to the community to which
he belongs, is under a responsibility to strive for the promotion and observance of the rights
recognized in the present Covenant,
Agree upon the following articles:
1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine
their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
2. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources
without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based
upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived
of its own means of subsistence.
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.
1. Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all
individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present
Covenant, 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.
2. Where not already provided for by existing legislative or other measures, each State Party to
the present Covenant undertakes to take the necessary steps, in accordance with its
constitutional processes and with the provisions of the present Covenant, to adopt such laws or
other measures as may be necessary to give effect to the rights recognized in the present
3. Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes:
(a) To ensure that any person whose rights or freedoms as herein recognized are violated shall
have an effective remedy, notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons
acting in an official capacity;
(b) To ensure that any person claiming such a remedy shall have his right thereto determined
by competent judicial, administrative or legislative authorities, or by any other competent
authority provided for by the legal system of the State, and to develop the possibilities of
(c) To ensure that the competent authorities shall enforce such remedies when granted.
The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to ensure the equal right of men and
women to the enjoyment of all civil and political rights set forth in the present Covenant.
1 . In time of public emergency which threatens the life of the nation and the existence of which
is officially proclaimed, the States Parties to the present Covenant may take measures
derogating from their obligations under the present Covenant to the extent strictly required by
the exigencies of the situation, provided that such measures are not inconsistent with their
other obligations under international law and do not involve discrimination solely on the ground
of race, colour, sex, language, religion or social origin.
2. No derogation from articles 6, 7, 8 (paragraphs I and 2), 11, 15, 16 and 18 may be made
under this provision.
3. Any State Party to the present Covenant availing itself of the right of derogation shall
immediately inform the other States Parties to the present Covenant, through the intermediary
of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, of the provisions from which it has derogated
and of the reasons by which it was actuated. A further communication shall be made, through
the same intermediary, on the date on which it terminates such derogation.
1. Nothing in the present Covenant may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or
person any right to engage in any activity or perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of
the rights and freedoms recognized herein or at their limitation to a greater extent than is
provided for in the present Covenant.
2. There shall be no restriction upon or derogation from any of the fundamental human rights
recognized or existing in any State Party to the present Covenant pursuant to law, conventions,
regulations or custom on the pretext that the present Covenant does not recognize such rights
or that it recognizes them to a lesser extent.
1. Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one
shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.
2. In countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed
only for the most serious crimes in accordance with the law in force at the time of the
commission of the crime and not contrary to the provisions of the present Covenant and to the
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This penalty can only
be carried out pursuant to a final judgement rendered by a competent court.
3. When deprivation of life constitutes the crime of genocide, it is understood that nothing in
this article shall authorize any State Party to the present Covenant to derogate in any way from
any obligation assumed under the provisions of the Convention on the Prevention and
Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
4. Anyone sentenced to death shall have the right to seek pardon or commutation of the
sentence. Amnesty, pardon or commutation of the sentence of death may be granted in all
5. Sentence of death shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below eighteen
years of age and shall not be carried out on pregnant women.
6. Nothing in this article shall be invoked to delay or to prevent the abolition of capital
punishment by any State Party to the present Covenant.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific
1. No one shall be held in slavery; slavery and the slave-trade in all their forms shall be
2. No one shall be held in servitude.
(a) No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour;
(b) Paragraph 3 (a) shall not be held to preclude, in countries where imprisonment with hard
labour may be imposed as a punishment for a crime, the performance of hard labour in
pursuance of a sentence to such punishment by a competent court;
(c) For the purpose of this paragraph the term “forced or compulsory labour” shall not include:
(i) Any work or service, not referred to in subparagraph (b), normally required of a person who
is under detention in consequence of a lawful order of a court, or of a person during conditional
release from such detention;
(ii) Any service of a military character and, in countries where conscientious objection is
recognized, any national service required by law of conscientious objectors;
(iii) Any service exacted in cases of emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of
(iv) Any work or service which forms part of normal civil obligations.
1. Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to
arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and
in accordance with such procedure as are established by law.
2. Anyone who is arrested shall be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his arrest
and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him.
3. Anyone arrested or detained on a criminal charge shall be brought promptly before a judge or
other officer authorized by law to exercise judicial power and shall be entitled to trial within a
reasonable time or to release. It shall not be the general rule that persons awaiting trial shall be
detained in custody, but release may be subject to guarantees to appear for trial, at any other
stage of the judicial proceedings, and, should occasion arise, for execution of the judgement.
4. Anyone who is deprived of his liberty by arrest or detention shall be entitled to take
proceedings before a court, in order that that court may decide without delay on the lawfulness
of his detention and order his release if the detention is not lawful.
5. Anyone who has been the victim of unlawful arrest or detention shall have an enforceable
right to compensation.
1. All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the
inherent dignity of the human person.
(a) Accused persons shall, save in exceptional circumstances, be segregated from convicted
persons and shall be subject to separate treatment appropriate to their status as unconvicted
(b) Accused juvenile persons shall be separated from adults and brought as speedily as possible
3. The penitentiary system shall comprise treatment of prisoners the essential aim of which shall
be their reformation and social rehabilitation. Juvenile offenders shall be segregated from adults
and be accorded treatment appropriate to their age and legal status.
No one shall be imprisoned merely on the ground of inability to fulfil a contractual obligation.
1. Everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to
liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence.
2. Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own.
3. The above-mentioned rights shall not be subject to any restrictions except those which are
provided by law, are necessary to protect national security, public order (ordre public), public
health or morals or the rights and freedoms of others, and are consistent with the other rights
recognized in the present Covenant.
4. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country.
An alien lawfully in the territory of a State Party to the present Covenant may be expelled
therefrom only in pursuance of a decision reached in accordance with law and shall, except
where compelling reasons of national security otherwise require, be allowed to submit the
reasons against his expulsion and to have his case reviewed by, and be represented for the
purpose before, the competent authority or a person or persons especially designated by the
1. All persons shall be equal before the courts and tribunals. In the determination of any
criminal charge against him, or of his rights and obligations in a suit at law, everyone shall be
entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal
established by law. The press and the public may be excluded from all or part of a trial for
reasons of morals, public order (ordre public) or national security in a democratic society, or
when the interest of the private lives of the parties so requires, or to the extent strictly
necessary in the opinion of the court in special circumstances where publicity would prejudice
the interests of justice; but any judgement rendered in a criminal case or in a suit at law shall
be made public except where the interest of juvenile persons otherwise requires or the
proceedings concern matrimonial disputes or the guardianship of children.
2. Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall have the right to be presumed innocent until
proved guilty according to law.
3. In the determination of any criminal charge against him, everyone shall be entitled to the
following minimum guarantees, in full equality: (a) To be informed promptly and in detail in a
language which he understands of the nature and cause of the charge against him;
(b) To have adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence and to communicate
with counsel of his own choosing;
(c) To be tried without undue delay;
(d) To be tried in his presence, and to defend himself in person or through legal assistance of
his own choosing; to be informed, if he does not have legal assistance, of this right; and to have
legal assistance assigned to him, in any case where the interests of justice so require, and
without payment by him in any such case if he does not have sufficient means to pay for it;
(e) To examine, or have examined, the witnesses against him and to obtain the attendance and
examination of witnesses on his behalf under the same conditions as witnesses against him;
(f) To have the free assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand or speak the language
used in court;
(g) Not to be compelled to testify against himself or to confess guilt.
4. In the case of juvenile persons, the procedure shall be such as will take account of their age
and the desirability of promoting their rehabilitation.
5. Everyone convicted of a crime shall have the right to his conviction and sentence being
reviewed by a higher tribunal according to law.
6. When a person has by a final decision been convicted of a criminal offence and when
subsequently his conviction has been reversed or he has been pardoned on the ground that a
new or newly discovered fact shows conclusively that there has been a miscarriage of justice,
the person who has suffered punishment as a result of such conviction shall be compensated
according to law, unless it is proved that the non-disclosure of the unknown fact in time is
wholly or partly attributable to him.
7. No one shall be liable to be tried or punished again for an offence for which he has already
been finally convicted or acquitted in accordance with the law and penal procedure of each
1 . No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which
did not constitute a criminal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was
committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time
when the criminal offence was committed. If, subsequent to the commission of the offence,
provision is made by law for the imposition of the lighter penalty, the offender shall benefit
2. Nothing in this article shall prejudice the trial and punishment of any person for any act or
omission which, at the time when it was committed, was criminal according to the general
principles of law recognized by the community of nations.
Everyone shall have the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, or
correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.
2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall
include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either
individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or
belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
2. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a
religion or belief of his choice.
3. Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are
prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the
fundamental rights and freedoms of others.
4. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of
parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of
their children in conformity with their own convictions.
1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to
seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally,
in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.
3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special
duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall
only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:
(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;
(b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or
1. Any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law.
2. Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to
discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law.
The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the
exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are
necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public
order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and
freedoms of others.
1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of association with others, including the right to
form and join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
2. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those which are
prescribed by law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national
security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or
the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This article shall not prevent the imposition
of lawful restrictions on members of the armed forces and of the police in their exercise of this
3. Nothing in this article shall authorize States Parties to the International Labour Organisation
Convention of 1948 concerning Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize
to take legislative measures which would prejudice, or to apply the law in such a manner as to
prejudice, the guarantees provided for in that Convention.
1. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection
by society and the State.
2. The right of men and women of marriageable age to marry and to found a family shall be
3. No marriage shall be entered into without the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
4. States Parties to the present Covenant shall take appropriate steps to ensure equality of
rights and responsibilities of spouses as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. In
the case of dissolution, provision shall be made for the necessary protection of any children.
1. Every child shall have, without any discrimination as to race, colour, sex, language, religion,
national or social origin, property or birth, the right to such measures of protection as are
required by his status as a minor, on the part of his family, society and the State.
2. Every child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have a name.
3. Every child has the right to acquire a nationality.
Every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity, without any of the distinctions mentioned
in article 2 and without unreasonable restrictions:
(a) To take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen
(b) To vote and to be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal
suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the
(c) To have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in his country.
All persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal
protection of the law. In this respect, the law shall prohibit any discrimination and guarantee to
all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any ground such as race,
colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth
or other status.
In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to
such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with the other members of their
group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practise their own religion, or to use their own
1. There shall be established a Human Rights Committee (hereafter referred to in the present
Covenant as the Committee). It shall consist of eighteen members and shall carry out the
functions hereinafter provided.
2. The Committee shall be composed of nationals of the States Parties to the present Covenant
who shall be persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human
rights, consideration being given to the usefulness of the participation of some persons having
3. The members of the Committee shall be elected and shall serve in their personal capacity.
1. The members of the Committee shall be elected by secret ballot from a list of persons
possessing the qualifications prescribed in article 28 and nominated for the purpose by the
States Parties to the present Covenant.
2. Each State Party to the present Covenant may nominate not more than two persons. These
persons shall be nationals of the nominating State.
3. A person shall be eligible for renomination.
1. The initial election shall be held no later than six months after the date of the entry into force
of the present Covenant.
2. At least four months before the date of each election to the Committee, other than an
election to fill a vacancy declared in accordance with article 34, the Secretary-General of the
United Nations shall address a written invitation to the States Parties to the present Covenant to
submit their nominations for membership of the Committee within three months.
3. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall prepare a list in alphabetical order of all the
persons thus nominated, with an indication of the States Parties which have nominated them,
and shall submit it to the States Parties to the present Covenant no later than one month before
the date of each election.
4. Elections of the members of the Committee shall be held at a meeting of the States Parties to
the present Covenant convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations at the
Headquarters of the United Nations. At that meeting, for which two thirds of the States Parties
to the present Covenant shall constitute a quorum, the persons elected to the Committee shall
be those nominees who obtain the largest number of votes and an absolute majority of the
votes of the representatives of States Parties present and voting.
1. The Committee may not include more than one national of the same State.
2. In the election of the Committee, consideration shall be given to equitable geographical
distribution of membership and to the representation of the different forms of civilization and of
the principal legal systems.
1. The members of the Committee shall be elected for a term of four years. They shall be
eligible for re-election if renominated. However, the terms of nine of the members elected at the
first election shall expire at the end of two years; immediately after the first election, the names
of these nine members shall be chosen by lot by the Chairman of the meeting referred to in
article 30, paragraph 4.
2. Elections at the expiry of office shall be held in accordance with the preceding articles of this
part of the present Covenant.
1. If, in the unanimous opinion of the other members, a member of the Committee has ceased
to carry out his functions for any cause other than absence of a temporary character, the
Chairman of the Committee shall notify the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who shall
then declare the seat of that member to be vacant.
2. In the event of the death or the resignation of a member of the Committee, the Chairman
shall immediately notify the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who shall declare the seat
vacant from the date of death or the date on which the resignation takes effect.
1. When a vacancy is declared in accordance with article 33 and if the term of office of the
member to be replaced does not expire within six months of the declaration of the vacancy, the
Secretary-General of the United Nations shall notify each of the States Parties to the present
Covenant, which may within two months submit nominations in accordance with article 29 for
the purpose of filling the vacancy.
2. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall prepare a list in alphabetical order of the
persons thus nominated and shall submit it to the States Parties to the present Covenant. The
election to fill the vacancy shall then take place in accordance with the relevant provisions of
this part of the present Covenant.
3. A member of the Committee elected to fill a vacancy declared in accordance with article 33
shall hold office for the remainder of the term of the member who vacated the seat on the
Committee under the provisions of that article.
The members of the Committee shall, with the approval of the General Assembly of the United
Nations, receive emoluments from United Nations resources on such terms and conditions as the
General Assembly may decide, having regard to the importance of the Committee’s
The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall provide the necessary staff and facilities for
the effective performance of the functions of the Committee under the present Covenant.
1. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall convene the initial meeting of the
Committee at the Headquarters of the United Nations.
2. After its initial meeting, the Committee shall meet at such times as shall be provided in its
rules of procedure.
3. The Committee shall normally meet at the Headquarters of the United Nations or at the
United Nations Office at Geneva.
Every member of the Committee shall, before taking up his duties, make a solemn declaration in
open committee that he will perform his functions impartially and conscientiously.
1. The Committee shall elect its officers for a term of two years. They may be re-elected.
2. The Committee shall establish its own rules of procedure, but these rules shall provide, inter
(a) Twelve members shall constitute a quorum;
(b) Decisions of the Committee shall be made by a majority vote of the members present.
1. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to submit reports on the measures
they have adopted which give effect to the rights recognized herein and on the progress made
in the enjoyment of those rights: (a) Within one year of the entry into force of the present
Covenant for the States Parties concerned;
(b) Thereafter whenever the Committee so requests.
2. All reports shall be submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who shall
transmit them to the Committee for consideration. Reports shall indicate the factors and
difficulties, if any, affecting the implementation of the present Covenant.
3. The Secretary-General of the United Nations may, after consultation with the Committee,
transmit to the specialized agencies concerned copies of such parts of the reports as may fall
within their field of competence.
4. The Committee shall study the reports submitted by the States Parties to the present
Covenant. It shall transmit its reports, and such general comments as it may consider
appropriate, to the States Parties. The Committee may also transmit to the Economic and Social
Council these comments along with the copies of the reports it has received from States Parties
to the present Covenant.
5. The States Parties to the present Covenant may submit to the Committee observations on
any comments that may be made in accordance with paragraph 4 of this article.
1. A State Party to the present Covenant may at any time declare under this article that it
recognizes the competence of the Committee to receive and consider communications to the
effect that a State Party claims that another State Party is not fulfilling its obligations under the
present Covenant. Communications under this article may be received and considered only if
submitted by a State Party which has made a declaration recognizing in regard to itself the
competence of the Committee. No communication shall be received by the Committee if it
concerns a State Party which has not made such a declaration. Communications received under
this article shall be dealt with in accordance with the following procedure:
(a) If a State Party to the present Covenant considers that another State Party is not giving
effect to the provisions of the present Covenant, it may, by written communication, bring the
matter to the attention of that State Party. Within three months after the receipt of the
communication the receiving State shall afford the State which sent the communication an
explanation, or any other statement in writing clarifying the matter which should include, to the
extent possible and pertinent, reference to domestic procedures and remedies taken, pending,
or available in the matter;
(b) If the matter is not adjusted to the satisfaction of both States Parties concerned within six
months after the receipt by the receiving State of the initial communication, either State shall
have the right to refer the matter to the Committee, by notice given to the Committee and to
the other State;
(c) The Committee shall deal with a matter referred to it only after it has ascertained that all
available domestic remedies have been invoked and exhausted in the matter, in conformity with
the generally recognized principles of international law. This shall not be the rule where the
application of the remedies is unreasonably prolonged;
(d) The Committee shall hold closed meetings when examining communications under this
(e) Subject to the provisions of subparagraph (c), the Committee shall make available its good
offices to the States Parties concerned with a view to a friendly solution of the matter on the
basis of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the present
(f) In any matter referred to it, the Committee may call upon the States Parties concerned,
referred to in subparagraph (b), to supply any relevant information;
(g) The States Parties concerned, referred to in subparagraph (b), shall have the right to be
represented when the matter is being considered in the Committee and to make submissions
orally and/or in writing;
(h) The Committee shall, within twelve months after the date of receipt of notice under
subparagraph (b), submit a report:
(i) If a solution within the terms of subparagraph (e) is reached, the Committee shall confine its
report to a brief statement of the facts and of the solution reached;
(ii) If a solution within the terms of subparagraph (e) is not reached, the Committee shall
confine its report to a brief statement of the facts; the written submissions and record of the
oral submissions made by the States Parties concerned shall be attached to the report. In every
matter, the report shall be communicated to the States Parties concerned.
2. The provisions of this article shall come into force when ten States Parties to the present
Covenant have made declarations under paragraph I of this article. Such declarations shall be
deposited by the States Parties with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who shall
transmit copies thereof to the other States Parties. A declaration may be withdrawn at any time
by notification to the Secretary-General. Such a withdrawal shall not prejudice the consideration
of any matter which is the subject of a communication already transmitted under this article; no
further communication by any State Party shall be received after the notification of withdrawal
of the declaration has been received by the Secretary-General, unless the State Party concerned
has made a new declaration.
(a) If a matter referred to the Committee in accordance with article 41 is not resolved to the
satisfaction of the States Parties concerned, the Committee may, with the prior consent of the
States Parties concerned, appoint an ad hoc Conciliation Commission (hereinafter referred to as
the Commission). The good offices of the Commission shall be made available to the States
Parties concerned with a view to an amicable solution of the matter on the basis of respect for
the present Covenant;
(b) The Commission shall consist of five persons acceptable to the States Parties concerned. If
the States Parties concerned fail to reach agreement within three months on all or part of the
composition of the Commission, the members of the Commission concerning whom no
agreement has been reached shall be elected by secret ballot by a two-thirds majority vote of
the Committee from among its members.
2. The members of the Commission shall serve in their personal capacity. They shall not be
nationals of the States Parties concerned, or of a State not Party to the present Covenant, or of
a State Party which has not made a declaration under article 41.
3. The Commission shall elect its own Chairman and adopt its own rules of procedure.
4. The meetings of the Commission shall normally be held at the Headquarters of the United
Nations or at the United Nations Office at Geneva. However, they may be held at such other
convenient places as the Commission may determine in consultation with the Secretary-General
of the United Nations and the States Parties concerned.
5. The secretariat provided in accordance with article 36 shall also service the commissions
appointed under this article.
6. The information received and collated by the Committee shall be made available to the
Commission and the Commission may call upon the States Parties concerned to supply any
other relevant information.
7. When the Commission has fully considered the matter, but in any event not later than twelve
months after having been seized of the matter, it shall submit to the Chairman of the
Committee a report for communication to the States Parties concerned:
(a) If the Commission is unable to complete its consideration of the matter within twelve
months, it shall confine its report to a brief statement of the status of its consideration of the
(b) If an amicable solution to the matter on tie basis of respect for human rights as recognized
in the present Covenant is reached, the Commission shall confine its report to a brief statement
of the facts and of the solution reached;
(c) If a solution within the terms of subparagraph (b) is not reached, the Commission’s report
shall embody its findings on all questions of fact relevant to the issues between the States
Parties concerned, and its views on the possibilities of an amicable solution of the matter. This
report shall also contain the written submissions and a record of the oral submissions made by
the States Parties concerned;
(d) If the Commission’s report is submitted under subparagraph (c), the States Parties
concerned shall, within three months of the receipt of the report, notify the Chairman of the
Committee whether or not they accept the contents of the report of the Commission.
8. The provisions of this article are without prejudice to the responsibilities of the Committee
under article 41.
9. The States Parties concerned shall share equally all the expenses of the members of the
Commission in accordance with estimates to be provided by the Secretary-General of the United
10. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall be empowered to pay the expenses of the
members of the Commission, if necessary, before reimbursement by the States Parties
concerned, in accordance with paragraph 9 of this article.
The members of the Committee, and of the ad hoc conciliation commissions which may be
appointed under article 42, shall be entitled to the facilities, privileges and immunities of experts
on mission for the United Nations as laid down in the relevant sections of the Convention on the
Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.
The provisions for the implementation of the present Covenant shall apply without prejudice to
the procedures prescribed in the field of human rights by or under the constituent instruments
and the conventions of the United Nations and of the specialized agencies and shall not prevent
the States Parties to the present Covenant from having recourse to other procedures for settling
a dispute in accordance with general or special international agreements in force between them.
The Committee shall submit to the General Assembly of the United Nations, through the
Economic and Social Council, an annual report on its activities.
Nothing in the present Covenant shall be interpreted as impairing the provisions of the Charter
of the United Nations and of the constitutions of the specialized agencies which define the
respective responsibilities of the various organs of the United Nations and of the specialized
agencies in regard to the matters dealt with in the present Covenant.
Nothing in the present Covenant shall be interpreted as impairing the inherent right of all
peoples to enjoy and utilize fully and freely their natural wealth and resources.
1. The present Covenant is open for signature by any State Member of the United Nations or
member of any of its specialized agencies, by any State Party to the Statute of the International
Court of Justice, and by any other State which has been invited by the General Assembly of the
United Nations to become a Party to the present Covenant.
2. The present Covenant is subject to ratification. Instruments of ratification shall be deposited
with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
3. The present Covenant shall be open to accession by any State referred to in paragraph 1 of
4. Accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument of accession with the Secretary-
General of the United Nations.
5. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall inform all States which have signed this
Covenant or acceded to it of the deposit of each instrument of ratification or accession.
1. The present Covenant shall enter into force three months after the date of the deposit with
the Secretary-General of the United Nations of the thirty-fifth instrument of ratification or
instrument of accession.
2. For each State ratifying the present Covenant or acceding to it after the deposit of the thirty-
fifth instrument of ratification or instrument of accession, the present Covenant shall enter into
force three months after the date of the deposit of its own instrument of ratification or
instrument of accession.
The provisions of the present Covenant shall extend to all parts of federal States without any
limitations or exceptions.
1. Any State Party to the present Covenant may propose an amendment and file it with the
Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall
thereupon communicate any proposed amendments to the States Parties to the present
Covenant with a request that they notify him whether they favour a conference of States Parties
for the purpose of considering and voting upon the proposals. In the event that at least one
third of the States Parties favours such a conference, the Secretary-General shall convene the
conference under the auspices of the United Nations. Any amendment adopted by a majority of
the States Parties present and voting at the conference shall be submitted to the General
Assembly of the United Nations for approval.
2. Amendments shall come into force when they have been approved by the General Assembly
of the United Nations and accepted by a two-thirds majority of the States Parties to the present
Covenant in accordance with their respective constitutional processes. 3. When amendments
come into force, they shall be binding on those States Parties which have accepted them, other
States Parties still being bound by the provisions of the present Covenant and any earlier
amendment which they have accepted.
1. Irrespective of the notifications made under article 48, paragraph 5, the Secretary-General of
the United Nations shall inform all States referred to in paragraph I of the same article of the
(a) Signatures, ratifications and accessions under article 48;
(b) The date of the entry into force of the present Covenant under article 49 and the date of the
entry into force of any amendments under article 51.
1. The present Covenant, of which the Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish texts are
equally authentic, shall be deposited in the archives of the United Nations.
2. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall transmit certified copies of the present
Covenant to all States referred to in article 48.