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Drafting the legislative preamble

The legislative preamble sets the stage for the entire piece of legislation. The following elements are important to a strong and inclusive legislative preamble:

  • IT states that everyone has the right to personal liberty and security (ICCPR, Art. 9(1))
  • IT states that everyone is entitled to equal rights and responsibilities as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (See: Convention of Civil and Political Rights , Art. 23 (hereinafter ICCPR) and CEDAW, Art. 16)
  • IT recognizes that every child has the right to a “standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development” (Convention on the Rights of the Child, Art. 27(1))

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