International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Women & Equality, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any member state of the European Union, other than the United Kingdom, has failed to accept the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights enabling individual complaints to be made of alleged breaches of covenant rights and freedoms.

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The United Kingdom is the only member of the European Union not to have signed the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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