Foreword<sup>*</sup> in The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and United Kingdom Law

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI:
Foreword* in The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and United Kingdom Law

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This chapter examines the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United Nations (UN) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It asserts that this relationship is not perhaps firing on all cylinders, and argues that the reason can be laid at various doors — in part government, in part the UN Committee on Human Rights, and in part the human rights world, including in relation to non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Some NGOs wonder how they can best help the Committee. The very best thing, this chapter states, is to provide a dossier of clippings of United Kingdom-related human rights issues as they have appeared in the serious press over the previous four years. Members of Parliament know very little about the Covenant, as do the media and the judges. There has recently, at the time of writing, been a German acceptance of the Optional Protocol which leaves the United Kingdom almost alone among the Council of Europe countries as a non-party to the Optional Protocol.

Keywords: United Kingdom; United Nations; Covenant; non-governmental organisations; human rights; media; judges; Members of Parliament; Council of Europe; Optional Protocol

Chapter.  4060 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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