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Human Rights Conventions, CESCR – International Covenant On Economic, Social And Cultural Rights

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The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) was drafted on the basis of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). So far, no state party has declared a denunciation of the CESCR; the Committee supported, however, the opinion of the Human Rights Committee with regard to the denunciation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) by North Korea in 1997, in which the Human Rights Committee declared the denunciation inadmissible. The success of all human rights conventions depends mainly on the willingness of the states parties to fulfill their treaty obligations. An essential contribution to achieve this aim can be made by monitoring mechanisms with the participation of international organs: Pursuant to Article 16 CESCR, states parties are obliged to report on the measures which they have adopted and the progress made in achieving the observance of the rights recognized in the Covenant.

Keywords: CCPR; CESCR; human rights conventions



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