At first glance, Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights appears to be a rather modest provision and does not seem at all well-equipped to protect persons belonging to minorities. The wording of the article is vague with regards to precisely who will benefit from the provision and vague with regards to which states the article applies to. In addition, the wording is negative and thus apparently does not impose any positive obligations. However, this article will demonstrate that the vagueness of Article 27 has in fact proved to be its greatest strength. The fact that it is not precise as to who the beneficiaries are and that it does not attempt to exhaustively list positive obligations has allowed the Human Rights Committee to adopt an expansive interpretation and to apply the Article to a broad range of persons across all states parties. Through its amenability to interpretation, Article 27 is well-equipped to deal with the complexities of minority protection.