THE RIGHT TO PETITION THE UNITED NATIONS BECAUSE OF ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
AbstractThe article attempts to raise awareness in Canada of the procedure for petitioning the United Nations with respect to human rights violations under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It reviews the enforcement mechanisms of the Covenant, examines measures for assessing petitions according to admissibility, merit and procedural criteria and discusses two decisions of the Human Rights Committee involving petitions against Uruguay. The author argues that, following exhaustion of domestic remedies, Canadian lawyers should take advantage of this means of testing Canadian laws against international standards.
Keywords:Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, International Law
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