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- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Materials, and Commentaries
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- The Influence of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa
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The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Materials, and Commentaries
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The ICCPR is a key international human rights treaty, providing a range of protections for civil and political rights. The ICCPR obligates countries that have ratified the treaty to protect and preserve basic human rights, such as: the right to life and human dignity; equality before the law; freedom of speech, assembly, and association; religious freedom and privacy; freedom from torture, ill-treatment, and arbitrary detention; gender equality; the right to a fair trial; right family life and family unity; and minority rights. The Covenant compels governments to take administrative, judicial, and legislative measures in order to protect the rights enshrined in the treaty and to provide an effective remedy. The Covenant was adopted by the U. General Assembly in and came into force in As of December , countries have ratified the Covenant.
Individuals who experience human rights violations are often left without legal remedies. During , the Australian Government undertook a National Human Rights Consultation, seeking a broad range of views regarding the protection and promotion of human rights. The Commission, and thousands of other individuals and organisations, contributed to the Consultation. Although Australia was the first nation to develop a Human Rights Action Plan in , following the World Conference on Human Rights , this Action Plan and its update have been widely acknowledged as having had very limited impact. In the development of a new Action Plan,  the Australian Government has followed a much improved process, with substantially increased conformity with the Handbook on National Human Rights Action Plans available from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The process has included publication of a Baseline Study assessing key human rights issues and existing measures.
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Both covenants have been widely ratified by the vast majority of African States. However, a largely neglected area of study has been assessing the influence of the ICESCR in various parts of the world including Africa. The article begins by considering the influence of the Covenant on the regional protection of human rights in Africa. This is followed by an analysis of the influence of the Covenant on the protection of ESC rights in domestic legal systems in Africa focusing primarily on the constitutional protection of ESC rights. Footnote 4 Eighteen more African States ratified the Covenant between to Footnote 5 The remaining 23 African States ratified the Covenant from following increased global attention to the principle of universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and interrelatedness of all human rights Footnote 6 and the adoption of new democratic and liberal constitutions in Africa, Footnote 7 protecting some ESC rights alongside civil and political rights.
The Influence of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa
The ICCPR recognizes the inherent dignity of each individual and undertakes to promote conditions within states to allow the enjoyment of civil and political rights. The unifying themes and values of the ICCPR are found in Articles 2 and 3 and are based on the notion of non-discrimination. Article 2 ensures that rights recognized in the ICCPR will be respected and be available to everyone within the territory of those states who have ratified the Covenant State Party.
The Government of New Zealand reserves the right not to apply article 14 6 to the extent that it is not satisfied by the existing system for ex gratia payments to persons who suffer as a result of a miscarriage of justice. The Government of New Zealand having legislated in the areas of the advocacy of national and racial hatred and the exciting of hostility or ill will against any group of persons, and having regard to the right of freedom of speech, reserves the right not to introduce further legislation with regard to article The Government of New Zealand reserves the right not to apply article 22 as it relates to trade unions to the extent that existing legislative measures, enacted to ensure effective trade union representation and encourage orderly industrial relations, may not be fully compatible with that article. Reporting procedure for the core human rights instruments of the United Nations. Back to top.
Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. In time of public emergency which threatens the life of the nation and the existence of which is officially proclaimed, the States Parties to the present Covenant may take measures derogating from their obligations under the present Covenant to the extent strictly required by the exigencies of the situation, provided that such measures are not inconsistent with their other obligations under international law and do not involve discrimination solely on the ground of race, colour, sex, language, religion or social origin. No derogation from articles 6, 7, 8 paragraphs I and 2 , 11, 15, 16 and 18 may be made under this provision.
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