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Prohibited Discrimination In International Human Rights Law

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This essay attempts to assess how the prohibition of discrimination is understood in contemporary international human rights law. It aims to determine whether there are coherent theories applied consistently by human rights bodies in deciding which distinctions are permitted and which are invidious. The essay begins by surveying the provisions of human rights instruments that call for non-discrimination and equality. Next, the essay examines the jurisprudence of international tribunals and monitoring bodies, including judgments, advisory opinions, general comments, and observations on state periodic reports. The conclusion attempts to draw from this body of law a general approach to discrimination in international human rights law.

Keywords: Equality; International Human rights law; Non-discrimination; Prohibited Discrimination; UN Charter



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