New Bearings in Social Rights? The Communications Procedure Under the ICESCR

Eibe Riedel

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI:
New Bearings in Social Rights? The Communications Procedure Under the ICESCR

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When the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) were drawn up in 1966, nearly twenty years of intensive discussion had taken place. It had all started with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in December 1948, which had embraced all civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights in one single document, and thereby had stressed that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated. Agreement on this exemplary list of human rights guarantees was made easier by the fact that the legal character of that document was merely a declaration of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, and no modalities of implementation were contained in that document. As a result, the UDHR could be adopted unanimously, with no votes against and only eight abstentions. For the next twenty years, human rights protection at the universal level depended almost entirely on the few generic UN Charter provisions on human rights.

Keywords: ICESCR; social rights; ICCPR; human rights; United Nations

Chapter.  7746 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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