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General Comment No. 20 Non-Discrimination in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (art. 2, para. 2) adopted by the committee on 25th may 2009


                  Discrimination undermines the fulfilment of economic, social and cultural rights for a significant proportion of the world’s population.
Economic growth has not, in itself, led to sustainable development and individuals and groups of individuals continue to face socio-economic inequality, often because of entrenched historical and contemporary forms of discrimination.
                  Non-discrimination and equality are fundamental components of international human rights law and essential to the exercise and enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights.
Article 2(2) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (‘Covenant’) obliges each State Party “to guarantee that the rights enunciated in the present Covenant will be exercised without discrimination of any kind as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.

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