The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the United Kingdom: An Introduction
In this introductory chapter it is intended to examine the guarantee and method of implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)1 and to consider certain aspects of the position of the United Kingdom as a party to it.
One of the most striking developments in international law since the Second World War has been the emergence of an international law of human rights.2 At a universal level, this law has been the product of the work of the United Nations. Charged by its Charter with the protection of human rights, the United Nations established the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, which has promoted most of the large family of United Nations human rights instruments that have been adopted.3 Foremost amongst these are the three documents that together constitute the International Bill of Rights: the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,4 the 1966 Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR),5 and the ICCPR. The Universal Declaration contains a____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and United Kingdom Law. Contributors: David Harris - Editor, Sarah Joseph - Editor. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 1.
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