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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 2200A (XXI) on 16 December 1966 and entered into force 23 March 1976.

Article 2

    1. Each state party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognised in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Article 14

    3. In the determination of any criminal charge against him, everyone shall be entitled to the following minimum guarantees, in full equality:
    (a) to be informed promptly and in detail in a language which he understands of the nature and cause of the charge against him;...
    (f) to have the free assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand or speak the language used in court;

Article 24

    1. Every child shall have, without any discrimination as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, national or social origin, property or birth, the right to such measures of protection as are required by his status as a minor, on the part of his family, society and the state.

Article 26

    All persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection of the law. In this respect, the law shall prohibit any discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any ground such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Article 27

    In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with the other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion, or to use their own language.

Source: UNTS, vol. 999, p.171 and UNTS, vol. 1057, p. 407. Further information on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights can be found on the Internet site of the United Nations Organization.


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