Asking whose lives matter in the battle for social, cultural, and economic rights

Published on open Democracy, by DANIELA IKAWA, Nov 19, 2016.

Why the failure to enforce social, cultural, and economic rights means that the lives of some groups are valued more than others.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Over the past five decades, there has been growing recognition of economic, social and cultural rights in both international and domestic systems of law. However, there is still resistance to accepting the indivisibility between civil and political rights on the one hand and economic, social and cultural rights on the other. An example of such resistance can be found in the discussions of a new General Comment on the Right to Life by the UN Human Rights Committee, particularly in regards to the right to housing. As stressed by the UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Fahra in her last report on the right to adequate housing: “the death rate among homeless people ranges from two to ten times higher than for those who are not homeless” (A/71/310, August 2016). This is, therefore, a matter that requires urgent recognition … //

… Finally, there are concerns over the growing complexity of human rights protection and whether courts will be able to cope. Indeed, positive states obligations and indivisibility among rights do increase the complexity of protection. However, these changes increase complexity in a way that is unavoidable for the strong protection of rights: a protection that will cover all individuals, in all circumstances, whether they be poor or rich, black or white, woman or man, at any age, with any disability, no matter what choice of sexuality or gender identity. The only means of fulfilling human right’s promise of equality and universality is to embrace that complexity.

In summation, for all lives to matter, particularly those of the silenced and oppressed, the UN System must adopt an interpretation of the right to life that encompasses both economic, social and cultural rights and positive state obligations.

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some of the many Articles and Texts about ESCR and OP-ICESCR:


on en.wikipedia:

  • Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) are socio-economic human rights, such as the right to education, right to housing, right to adequate standard of living, right to health and the right to science and culture. Economic, social and cultural rights are recognised and protected in international and regional human rights instruments. Member states have a legal obligation to respect, protect and fulfil economic, social and cultural rights and are expected to take “progressive action” towards their fulfilment …; /See also;
  • Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) is an international treaty establishing complaint and inquiry mechanisms for the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 2008,[1] and opened for signature on 24 September 2009.[2] As of October 2016, the Protocol has 45 signatories and 22 state parties.[3] It entered into force on 5 May 2013 …; /See also; /External Links;

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