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Principal international instruments including economic, social and cultural rights - [Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR)]

Principal international instruments including economic, social and cultural rights

Tuesday 13 October 2009

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

United Nations human rights treaties

  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979)
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
  • International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (1990)
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)

Regional treaties

  • European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950), its First Protocol (1952), European Social Charter (1961) and Revised European Social Charter (1996)
  • American Convention on Human Rights (1969), and Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Protocol of San Salvador) (1988)
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (1981), African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990), and Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003)

Source: "Frequently asked questions on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights", Fact Sheet n°33, Office of the United Nations, High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2009, p.3.


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