573. International prohibition of discrimination.

The right to protection from discrimination on grounds of race has been recognised as a peremptory norm of customary international law1, and the general right to equality is protected by a large number of global human rights instruments including the Charter of the United Nations2, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights3, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights4 and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights5, in addition to the European Convention on Human Rights6. Each of these instruments can be of assistance when interpreting the meaning and scope of the prohibition of discrimination under the