United Nations human rights treaties require that States Parties report periodically on their implementation of their treaty obligations. These comprehensive reports involve substantial coordination with relevant U.S. Government agencies. The United States has submitted the following treaty reports (and related documents).

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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

State Party as of September 8, 1992 [treaty text]

- Initial Report of the United States of America to the UN Committee on Human Rights Concerning the ICCPR --08/24/94
- Updated Core Document Forming Part of the Reports of the United States of America --10/21/05
- Second and Third Periodic Report of the United States of America to the UN Committee on Human Rights Concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights --10/21/05
- List of Issues To Be Taken Up in Connection With the Consideration of the Second and Third Periodic Reports of the United States of America--07/17/06
- Opening Remarks by Wan Kim on the Report Concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)--07/17/06
- Opening Remarks by Ambassador Tichenor on the Report Concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)--07/17/06
- Opening Statement by Matthew Waxman on the Report Concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)--07/17/06
- Concluding Observations of the Human Rights Committee with respect to the U.S. Government's report (Eighty-Seventh Session, 10-28 Jul 2006)
- U.S. Government's 1-year Follow-up Report to the Committee's Conclusions & Recommendations (PDF version) -- 10/10/07
- Fourth Periodic Report of the United States of America to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights Concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - 12/30/11
- Common Core Document of the United States of America: Submitted With the Fourth Periodic Report of the United States of America to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - 12/30/11
- Annex A to the Common Core Document of the United States State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Human Rights Organizations and Programs - 12/30/11
- United States Written Responses to Questions From the United Nations Human Rights Committee Concerning the Fourth Periodic Report - 7/3/2013


Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)

State Party as of November 20, 1994 [treaty text]

- Initial Report of the United States of America to the Committee Against Torture [ 295 Kb] --02/09/00
- Second Periodic Report of the United States of America to the Committee Against Torture [ PDF version ]-- 05/06/05
- Tab 1: Declarations on Transfers of Detainees from Guantanamo Bay - Matthew C. Waxman -- 05/06/05
- Tab 1: Declarations on Transfers of Detainees from Guantanamo Bay - Pierre-Richard Prosper -- 05/06/05
- Update to Annex 1 of the Second Periodic Report of the United States of America to the Committee Against Torture --10/21/05
- Tab 1: Declarations on Transfers of Detainees from Guantanamo Bay - Matthew C. Waxman -- 10/21/05
- Tab 1: Declarations on Transfers of Detainees from Guantanamo Bay - Pierre-Richard Prosper -- 10/21/05
- List of Issues to Be Considered during Examination of the Second Periodic Report of the United States of America (Thirty-Fifth Session, 7-25 Nov 2005)
- Response of the United States to the List of Issues
- United States Written Response to Questions Asked by the Committee Against Torture [ 1154 Kb] PDF version -- 04/28/06
- U.S. Meeting with U.N. Committee Against Torture -- 05/05/06
- Opening Statement for U.S. Hearing at Committee Against Torture -- 05/05/06
- United States' Response to the Questions Asked by the Committee Against Torture -- 05/05/06
- The United States' Oral Response to the Questions Asked by the Committee Against Torture -- 05/08/06
- U.S. Delegation Departure Statement -- 05/09/06
- Concluding Observations of the Committee Against Torture with respect to the U.S. Government's report (Thirty-Sixth Session, 1-19 May 2006)
- U.S. Government's 1-year Follow-up Report to the Committee's Conclusions & Recommendations [130 Kb] PDF version -- 07/25/07

- Periodic Report of the United States of America to the Committee Against Torture [ PDF version ] --08/12/13
- Concluding Observations and Recommendations of the Committee Against Torture with Respect to the U.S. Government's Third-Fifth Periodic Report (November 2014)


Convention On the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

State Party as of November 20, 1994 [treaty text]

- Initial Report of the United States of America to the Committee On the Elimination of Racial Discrimination [ 390 Kb] --10/10/00
- Periodic Report of the United States of America to the Committee On the Elimination of Racial Discrimination [ 750 Kb] PDF version --04/23/07

- Questions Put by the Rapporteur in Connection with the Consideration of the Combined Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Periodic Reports of the United States of America [25 Kb] --03/07/08
- Written Responses to Questions Put by the Rapporteur in Connection with the Consideration of the Combined Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Periodic Reports of the United States of America [847 Kb] --03/07/08
- Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination [115 Kb] --05/08/08
- U.S. Government's 1-year Follow-up Report to the Committee's Concluding Observations [137 Kb] --01/13/09
- Periodic Report of the United States of America to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (June 2013) [PDF version] --06/12/13


Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict

State Party as of January 23, 2003 [treaty text]

-- Initial Report Concerning the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict PDF version -- 06/22/07

-- United States Written Response to Questions Asked by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (5/13/2008)

- List of Issues to Be Taken Up in Connection with the Consideration of the Initial Report of the United States of America (Forty-Eighth Session, 19 May - 6 Jun, 2008)
- Written Replies by the Government of the United States of America Concerning the List of Issues (Forty-Eighth Session, 19 May - 6 Jun, 2008)
- Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of a Child

-- First Periodic Report Concerning the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and Response to Recommendations in Committee Concluding Observations of June 25, 2008 [523 Kb] -01/22/10

-- List of issues concerning additional and updated information related to the consideration of the Second Periodic Report of the United States (November 2012)


Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

State Party as of January 23, 2003 [treaty text]

-- Initial Report Concerning the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography PDF version -- 07/16/07

-- United States Written Response to Questions Asked by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (5/13/2008)
-- List of Issues to Be Taken Up in Connection with the Consideration of the Initial Report of the United States of America (Forty-Eighth Session, 19 May - 6 Jun, 2008)
-- Responses of the United States of America to additional questions from Ms. Rosa Maria Ortiz, Vice Chair, Committee on the Rights of the Child (May 23, 2008)
-- Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of a Child

-- First Periodic Report Concerning the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and Response to Recommendations in Committee Concluding Observations of June 25, 2008 -01/22/10

-- List of issues concerning additional and updated information related to the consideration of the Second Periodic Report of the United States (November 2012)


Memoranda Regarding U.S. Human Rights Treaty Reports

- U.S. Human Rights Treaty Reports: Memorandum for Executive Branch Agencies--Transmitted 12/17/09
- U.S. Human Rights Treaty Reports: Memorandum for State Governors--Transmitted 01/21/10
- U.S. Human Rights Treaty Reports: Memorandum for DC Mayor Fenty--Transmitted 01/21/10
- U.S. Human Rights Treaty Reports: Memorandum for Governors of U.S. Territories--Transmitted 01/21/10

Other Letters to State/Local/Insular/Tribal Governments Regarding U.S. Human Rights Treaty Reports

- Letters requesting information for ICCPR, CERD, and CAT periodic reports:

- Letter to Governors of U.S. States & Territories (May 2010) [PDF version]
- Letter to State & Local Human Rights Commissions (May 2010) [PDF version]

- Letters with questionnaire for CERD and CAT periodic reports:

- Letter to Governors of U.S. States (December 2010) [PDF version]
- Letter to Governors of U.S. Territories (December 2010) [PDF version]
- Letter to State & Local Human Rights Commissions (December 2010) [PDF version]
- Letter to DC Mayor (December 2010) [PDF version]
- Letter to Tribal Leaders (April 2011) [PDF version]

- Letters regarding 2014-15 treaty report presentations and Universal Periodic Review (with attachment [PDF version]):

- Letter to Governors of U.S. States & Territories (February 2014) [PDF version]
- Letter to DC Mayor (February 2014) [PDF version]
- Letter to Tribal Leaders (February 2014) [PDF version]



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