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

The Plurinational State of Bolivia moves toward the ratification of the OP-ICESCR

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.

Other countries are also in the process of getting internal approval for ratification –such as Argentina, Costa Rica and El Salvador– and we look forward to seeing which country will be the next to write history and through this action show their commitment to fighting poverty and marginalization.

Ecuador, Mongolia and Spain were the first three countries to ratify the OP-ICESCR. Ten ratifications are needed for the Optional Protocol to enter into force.

The NGO Coalition calls on the universal ratification of the Optional Protocol. Once the Optional Protocol enters into force, it will allow groups and individuals whose economic, social and cultural rights have been violated to present a complaint before the United Nations and seek redress.

To access the list of countries that have signed and/or ratified the Protocol, visit

Steering Committee of the NGO Coalition for an OP-ICESCR

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