Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The Optional Protocol is an international treaty establishing an individual complaints mechanism for the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).  It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 16, 1966 and entered into force on March 23,  1976.

As per the protocol, in order to achieve the purposes of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to implement its provisions a Human Rights Committee was set up.  It received and considered communications from individuals claiming to be victims of violations of any of the rights set forth in the Covenant.

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


Inside Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights