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The Human Rights Committee is charged with the task of monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Since its inception, it has arguably become the most important independent international human rights body in the world. Through the consideration of State Reports, from over half of the world community, and the examination of communications submitted by individuals (under the Optional Protocol to the Covenant), the Human Rights Committee seeks to establish a universal human rights jurisprudence.;This study analyzes the institutional characteristics of the Human Rights Committee, its practices and procedures under the Covenant and the Optional Protocol, and the jurisprudence of the Committee under selected key articles of the Covenant.