Adherence To The International Agreements

The federal process of implementing an international human rights treaty generally involves the following steps: when a State signs a treaty, it undertakes to refrain from any action that would have the effect of destroying the object and purpose of the treaty, while the State is not yet legally bound by the specific conditions of the treaty. The signing of an international human rights treaty also raised hopes that the State would eventually ratify the treaty. Under international law, a State may agree to be legally bound by signature and ratification or by accession to an international human rights treaty (“maintain”). When a State subsequently ratifies a treaty, it formally undertakes to implement the provisions of the treaty. Accession has the same effect as ratification. It is distinguished only by the fact that it does not require a signature or other previous step.. . .


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