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The General Provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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This chapter examines articles 2(1), 2(2) and 4 ICESCR. Article 2(1) is the linchpin of the ICESCR. It describes the general nature of state obligations in the realisation of Covenant rights. It provides for the progressive realisation of ESCR. Article 2(2) is a non-discrimination provision. It prohibits discrimination on specified grounds in the exercise of the rights protected under the Covenant. Article 4 is a general limitation provision. It sanctions, but simultaneously restricts, limitations of rights of the Covenant. Whereas the rights provisions of the Covenant are contained in Part III ICESCR, articles 2(1), 2(2) and 4 appear in Part II ICESCR.

Keywords: ICESCR; international law; right to education



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