Have Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs) Come of Age?
39 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 2, 2020
Such a title as the one I’ve given this lecture (have economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) come of age?) would be extremely odd if the reference were to Civil and Political Rights (CPRs). This latter category of rights — extending from the freedom from torture to the rights to free expression, association and assembly — have long been established and accepted as an essential part of the wider human rights family. And yet, when the debate shifts to ESCRs we are much more tentative. To this day you still hear questions such as: are ESCRs really rights? Can you sue for redress for the violation of your right to shelter?, and: Surely, is it the State which should be held accountable for your right to food?
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