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Emerging human rights obligations for non-state actors

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States are the main actors in the international law of human rights. This chapter examines steps that have been taken and the extent to which non-state actors can be held accountable under international human rights law for their actions that affect the enjoyment of human rights. It deals with issues relating to the monitoring of the implementation of norms, as this is crucial for giving effect to their accountability. Article 2 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Convention) is quite elaborate on the different obligations of states. The activities of organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can have great impact on the enjoyment of human rights. International human rights law has made much progress in elaborating state accountability for the conduct of non-state actors.

Keywords: CEDAW Convention; human rights; international human rights law; International Monetary Fund (IMF); non-state actors; World Bank



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