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Promoting the implementation of the optional protocol to the ICESCR

On 10 December 2008, the General Assembly unanimously adopted an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

It was opened for signature on 24 September 2009, at a ceremony held in New York. To see the list of signatory states, click here

It provides the UN Committee on ESC rights competence to receive and consider individual and collective communications about states’ failure to implement ESC rights.

Pressure must now be exerted on states to ratify it and make it a binding instrument.

We would like to emphasize the signature of Mali, Senegal, Togo and Guatemala from where are some of the partners of this program on ESC rights enforceability approaches.


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A video celebrating the entry into force of the Optional Protocol on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Terre des Hommes France


Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Justiciable at the International Level

Friday 3 May 2013
Press Release May 2, 2013 Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Justiciable at the International Level: The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-­‐ICESCR)—a New Mechanism for Justice—Enters into Force on 5 May 2013. Representing years of civil (...) > continue


Philippine video on the Optional Protocol to ICESCR

Thursday 2 May 2013 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights

Digitel workers who were on strike to defend their regular jobs vs contractualization urge President Noynoy Aquino of the Philippines to sign the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR).

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Action Circular/celebrating OP-ICESCR entry into force May 5

The NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR proposal

The Protocol/OP-ICESCR enters into force on 5 May. There are various international, regional and national events and activities being planned to mark this great achievement for economic, social and cultural rights. The NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR knows everyone cannot attend these events, so they thought it would be a nice idea to collect messages from around the world expressing what the Protocol means to people. They can compile, translate and show these messages at the events the NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR attends and post them on their campaign website: http://op-icescr.escr-net.org/.

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Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia votes to ratify the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Friday 12 August 2011

On July 26th, 2011 the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia gave approval for ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Bolivia will be formally bound by the treaty once it deposits its instrument of ratification with the United Nations Secretariat.

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Toolkit for Action for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Tuesday 22 February 2011

The Toolkit for Action for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights provides practical guidance to NGOs and other civil society groups, as well as States on their work around the Optional Protocol. The Toolkit aims to facilitate international and national advocacy work for the ratification and the entry into force of the Protocol and the national implementation of economic, social and cultural rights.

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FOR ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR ALL HUMAN RIGHTS

December 10, 2010
Friday 10 December 2010

Ratify the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to ensure justice for victims of economic, social and cultural rights violations

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Rights to Food, Education, Health, Work, and Housing Now! Ratify Now!

Wednesday 28 October 2009 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights

On October 22, 2009, the Philippine NGO-PO Network for ESC Rights publishes a statement on the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.

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Press Release: Momentous Signing of the Optional Protocol on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the United Nations

NGOs welcome historic step forward for the protection of all human rights.

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History of the Optional Protocol process

Friday 25 September 2009

The draft Optional protocol to the ICESCR was finalised in April 2008, and approved by the new Human Rights Council (which has replaced the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission) in June 2008. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10th, 2008.

It was opened for signature on 24 September 2009, at a ceremony held in New York.

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