Human rights treaties are 'bedrock of sound governance,' says top UN official marking 50th anniversary 01.03.2016

Human rights treaties are 'bedrock of sound governance,' says top UN official marking 50th anniversary

Marking 50 years since the unanimous adoption of two United Nations human rights treaties – respectively promoting respect for civil and political, and economic, social and cultural rights – a top UN official today said the landmark covenants have helped extend rights to people crushed by tyranny and discrimination for generations.

“The 50th anniversary of the Covenants must be an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to the 'International Bill of Rights' – the great tripod of principle and commitment that is formed by the two Covenants and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told delegates attending the commemoration at UN headquarters in Geneva.

The UN Human Rights Council convened the special gathering as part of its 31st session, which opened yesterday, providing an opportunity for high-level delegations to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


Source: UN News Centre