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Beyond Civil Rights

By Sandy Ruxton,Razia Karim
ISBN: 9780855984748
The authors of this text argue for further legislation, extending protection to economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights, such as the right to education, to health care and to a decent standard of living. Poverty and social exclusion are presented as a denial of human rights and ESC entitlements as an essential foundation of citizenship.

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  • Synopsis
    With the implementation of the Human Rights Act in October 2000, civil and political rights are for the first time directly enforceable in UK law. While welcoming this significant advance, the authors of this text argue for further legislation, extending protection to economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights, such as the right to education, to health care and to a decent standard of living. Poverty and social exclusion are presented as a denial of human rights and ESC entitlements as an essential foundation of citizenship. The report considers the nature of ESC rights and their historical development, examines the international and European framework for promoting and protecting them and considers how well the UK currently complies with the requirements of international human-rights treaties. The authors respond to objections that ESC rights are non-justifiable, that they distort democracy and that they undermine the current government's emphasis on responsibilities rather than rights. They end with recommendations suggesting how non-government organizations might act to promote ESC rights on behalf of impoverished sectors of society.
  • Table of Contents
    Oxfam and JUSTICE
    Preface
    Abbreviations and acronyms

    Executive summary

    1. Introduction

    2. The nature of ESC rights and the historical development of human rights

    3. The UK government’s approach to ESC rights

    4. The European framework for promoting and protecting ESC rights

    5. The international framework for promoting and protecting ESC rights

    6. Developing NGO advocacy on ESC rights: recommendations

    Appendix: procedures and addresses for UN and ILO mechanisms 

    Glossary
    Notes
    Index
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Sandy Ruxton,Razia Karim
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 74
    Format Paperback / softback