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The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) entered into force on 23 March 1976. It is useful to victims of breaches of economic, social or cultural rights, such as the right to education, because some of the rights in the ICCPR are social or economic in nature, for example, the right to respect for the home. Other rights contained in the Covenant have social or economic dimensions, for example, the right to life and the right to non-discrimination. A complaint on the civil and political aspects of a case may help place pressure on countries to remedy the social or economic issues. The ICCPR also protects procedural rights (for example, judicial procedures) that may assist litigants who have been denied fair hearings on ESC rights at the national level.

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Committee

Provisions  

Interpretation

Reporting   

Complaint

Ratifications  

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights