on civil and
18 December 2006
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE
10-28 July 2006
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 40 OF THE COVENANT
Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The Committee considered the second and third periodic reports of the United States of
America (CCPR/C/USA/3) at its 2379th, 2380th and 2381st meetings (CCPR/C/SR.2379-2381),
held on 17 and 18 July 2006, and adopted the following concluding observations at its 2395th
meeting (CCPR/C/SR.2395), held on 27 July 2006.
The Committee notes the submission of the State party’s second and third periodic
combined report, which was seven years overdue, as well as the written answers provided in
advance. It appreciates the attendance of a delegation composed of experts belonging to various
agencies responsible for the implementation of the Covenant, and welcomes their efforts to
answer to the Committee’s written and oral questions.
The Committee regrets that the State party has not integrated into its report information
on the implementation of the Covenant with respect to individuals under its jurisdiction and
outside its territory. The Committee notes however that the State party has provided additional
material “out of courtesy”. The Committee further regrets that the State party, invoking grounds
of non-applicability of the Covenant or intelligence operations, refused to address certain serious
allegations of violations of the rights protected under the Covenant.
The Committee regrets that only limited information was provided on the implementation
of the Covenant at the State level.