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Civil And Political Rights

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This chapter shows the impact of the division of the human rights agenda, and it seeks to portray the regimes for civil and political rights as they have evolved out of that first discussion at international level about the efficacy of human rights between 1948 and 1966. The chapter is divided into three parts. It discusses the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The chapter examines few key rights from the Covenant in a bid to show the parameters of the rights identified as 'civil and political'; it also offers a commentary on the challenges for implementation. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights could be understood as the codification of the civil and political rights aspirations expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, into legally binding provisions.

Keywords: civil rights; international covenant; political rights



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