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“Color” In The Non-Discrimination Provisions Of The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights And The Two Covenants, Stephanie Farrior Jan 2015

“Color” In The Non-Discrimination Provisions Of The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights And The Two Covenants, Stephanie Farrior

Washington University Global Studies Law Review

The United Nations Charter declares in its opening article that one of the purposes of the United Nations is to promote respect for human rights “without distinction as to” any of four grounds: race, sex, language, or religion. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”), adopted three years later, expands the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination and proclaims that everyone is entitled to human rights “without distinction of any kind, such as” the following: “race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

Numerous international and regional human rights treaties ...