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The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Theodor Meron

in Human Rights Law-Making in the United Nations

Published in print December 1986 | ISBN: 9780198255499
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681608 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255499.003.0004
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

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This chapter analyzes weaknesses of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which cause problems in its interpretation, application, and efficacy. These include provisions on the protection of the right to life from arbitrary deprivation, prohibition of torture, freedom of expression, and prohibition of discrimination. While some weaknesses result from a technically deficient drafting process, others reflect the more fundamental failure of the drafters to agree on better and comprehensive norms, and on a more advanced measure of implementation.

Keywords: civil rights; political rights; international covenant; deprivation; torture; freedom of expression; discrimination

Chapter.  18414 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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