International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Spokesperson for Women and Equality

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider their decision not to accept the first optional protocol to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, having regard to the experience of the other member states of the European Union and the Council of Europe which have accepted the protocol.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government remain to be convinced of the added practical value to people in the United Kingdom of rights of individual petition to the United Nations. Ratification of the optional protocol to the convention for the elimination of discrimination against women and the optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have not yet provided sufficient evidence to decide either way on the value of individual complaint mechanisms.

We are not persuaded that comparative analysis of the experience of other member states of the European Union and the Council would be useful, given the different legal and judicial protections in place in different jurisdictions.

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