The United Nations Human Rights Treaties
Reservations, Declarations, Objections and Derogations
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This section includes several types of information:
Reservations and declarations entered by a state (both current states parties and states which have subsequently withdrawn their ratifications)
When a state party either signs or ratifies a treaty, that state may enter reservations or declarations regarding provisions of the treaty. The text of these reservations and declarations are listed under the heading "Reservations and Declarations".
The nomenclature of "reservation" or "declaration" is taken directly from the source document.
The footnotes under this heading contain a wide range of information.
Any state party may object to the reservations or declarations entered by another state party. These objections are included in two different ways:
Note that the text of objections, usually in the case of reservations and declarations which have been withdrawn, may also appear in the footnotes under the section "Reservations and Declarations".
Where a State party has made the declaration under these specific articles, there is a section which provides the text of the declaration.
Derogations (Notifications under article 4(3) of the CCPR)
Under article 4 of the CCPR, states parties must provide notification of any derogations to the rights set out in the CCPR. The text of any such derogations are given in this section.
Information regarding the application of the treaties to dependant territories of a state party may be listed here, including any disputes as to territorial application. Information on territorial application may also appear in the footnotes to the section "Reservations and Declarations".