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Multiculturalism And The Human Rights Committee

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This chapter illustrates how the Human Rights Committee has been dealing with the issue of multiculturalism in its main activities, that is, consideration of States Parties' reports under the Covenant as well as of individual communications under the Optional Protocol attached to the Covenant. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prohibits arbitrary deprivation of life but admits the imposition of death penalty for "the most serious crimes". The issue of death penalty in the Philippines has been a highly controversial one among members of the Committee. It is fundamentally essential for States Parties and the Committee as well as each Committee member to try to maintain certain degree of flexibility in their approach to human rights.

Keywords: death penalty; Human Rights Committee; multiculturalism; States Parties



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