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First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR-OP1)

of 16 December 1966
Entry into force on 23 March 1976
Ratified by 115 States (as at 20 May 2014; current count)

Text of the First Optional Protocol to the ICCPR

The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR-OP1) was neither signed not ratified by Switzerland. The Federal Council expressed several times his wish to ratify the Optional Protocol. However, no concrete measures were undertaken. 

This First Optional Protocol to the Covenant gives the Committee competence to examine individual complaints with regard to alleged violations of the Covenant by States parties to the Protocol.

Update: 02.06.2014

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