The United Nations: Still a Force for Peace

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI:
The United Nations: Still a Force for Peace

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This chapter discusses integrity in relation to human rights treaties in two senses of that term, referring mostly to the United Nations (UN) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The UN Human Rights Committee of the Covenant is responsible for monitoring and encouraging compliance with the Covenant. It does this in two main ways: through the critical examination of reports submitted by states, and through the hearing of cases against states, who under an Optional Protocol to the Covenant, allow the bringing of individual applications. The rights covered in the Civil and Political Covenant include: self-determination; right to life; prohibition of slavery; security of the person; treatment with humanity of persons deprived of their liberty; non-imprisonment for debt; freedom of movement; procedural guarantees for aliens upon expulsion; fair trial; non-retrospection of penal sanctions; entitlement to recognition before the law; privacy; freedom of religion; freedom of expression; prohibition of propaganda for war and incitement to racial or religious discrimination, hatred or violence; peaceful assembly; and freedom of association.

Keywords: United Nations; integrity; human rights; treaties; compliance; Covenant; right to life; freedom of movement; freedom of religion; peaceful assembly

Chapter.  9598 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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