International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

ICCPR is an international human rights treaty adopted in 1966. The UK agreed to follow ICCPR in 1976. It enables people to enjoy a wide range of human rights, including those relating to:

  • freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

  • fair trial rights

  • freedom of thought, religion and expression

  • privacy, home and family life

  • equality and non-discrimination

Human rights tracker

Search our human rights tracker to find all UN recommendations for ICCPR and other treaties. The ICCPR page has specific information on how it is monitored and if the UK is meeting international standards.

How the UK is doing

The UN last examined how well the UK is implementing ICCPR in June 2015 and published its recommendations in August 2015. These included:

  • ensuring that any legislation passed to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 strengthens protections for human rights in the UK

  • maintaining an adequate balance between national security and accountability for human rights violations allegedly committed by British Forces overseas

  • strengthening efforts to prevent racism and xenophobia

  • strengthening measures to prevent violence against women and girls

  • taking action to prevent self-inflicted deaths and self-harm of adults and young people in the custody of the state

  • establishing a time limit on immigration detention, and ensuring reforms to the detained fast track system comply fully with international human rights law

  • reviewing the surveillance laws so that any interference with the right to privacy is legal, proportionate and necessary

Our work on ICCPR

The most recent work we have produced as part of our ICCPR monitoring includes:

Last updated: 12 Mar 2020