- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.
Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses ...
Chapter 8: The Two Covenants and the Evolution of Human Rights
The Two Covenants and the Evolution of Human Rights
Indivisibility and the Fact of Two Covenants
Among the most enduring of debates and discussions about the Covenants is about the relationship between the two ‘grand categories’ of rights expressed in the separate instruments: the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The language of indivisibility of rights is often invoked to reiterate the fundamental equality of the two categories, despite the differences between the two Covenants and their obligations. In its strongest use, indivisibility seeks to reinforce the importance of economic and social rights in the face of perceptions that division of the ‘fundamental unity’ of the Universal Declaration ...