Thursday, June 26, 2008

Optional Protocol to ICESCR Adopted by U.N. Human Rights Council

Un_flag We thank Houston Putnam Lowry and the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) for the following news.

The U.N. Human Rights Council (you remember, the body that replaced the Human Rights Commission) adopted the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).  The Optional Protocol will allow individuals to petition an international human rights body directly about violations of their rights under the ICESCR.

The Optional Protocol was annexed to resolution A/HRC/8/L.2/Rev.1/Corr.1. 

The resolution was adopted without a vote on June 18, 2008, the last day of the eighth session of the Human Rights Council.  The resolution recommends that the UN General Assembly adopt the Optional Protocol and open it for signature at a signing ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2009.  The Optional Protocol would enter into effect three months after ten states deposit instruments of ratification with the U.N. Secretary-General.

Hat tip to Houston Putnam Lowry


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