International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

This Covenant is an agreement that is a part of the International Bill of Rights.

This agreement talks about the right:

·         To decide who you want to be

·         To not be stopped in using your rights

·         To life

·         To be free from torture or cruel treatment

·         To be free from slavery or forced work

·         To be secure

·         To liberty

·         Of movement

·         To equality before the law

·         To privacy and protection from abuse

·         To the freedom of thought

·         To conscience and religion

·         To the freedom of expression

·         To peaceful meetings

·         For children to find protection if needed

·         To political rights (voting, running in an election)

·         To enjoy your own culture

·         To practice your religion

·         To speak your own language


What else do I need to know?

Governments or Countries can accept the Human Rights Committee as having the power to receive complaints and manage the complaint from other countries and governments. Canada has accepted this. This means that another country or government can make a complaint about Canada and how it is not following an agreement and the Human Rights Committee will act as the peacemaker or fixer of the problem.


How does it work?

There are two options of action that can be taken:

1. The Committee can take complaints from people about agreements that were not respected by the government. Canada has accepted this option.

2. This option is meant to remove the death penalty. Canada has accepted this option as well. 

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