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Economic, social and cultural rights

We campaign to ensure that economic and social rights are enjoyed by all people in the UK. We urge the UK Government and public authorities to incorporate and implement economic and social rights into law, policy and practice. 

What are economic, social and cultural rights?

Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) are the rights of everyday life, for all of us. They include the right to food, water, housing, work and workers’ rights, social security, health, education, and a healthy environment.

These rights are recognised in international human rights law. But we are living in an uncertain and divided UK in which all human rights are under threat.

What are our rights?

The Government should use all available resources to ensure all people enjoy their economic and social rights. Regressive steps should be a last resort, and only taken if necessary temporary, proportionate, with minimum affect on economic and social rights.

The Government should provide security of tenure, adequate living conditions, affordable housing, and end no-fault or revenge evictions, forced evictions and homelessness.

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The Government should ensure education is available and equally accessible to all people. This includes eradicating the digital divide, and providing safe conditions for students and teachers.

The Government should ensure work is available and accessible for all people. Working conditions must be just and favourable for everyone. All workers must be able to form or join trade union(s).

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The Government should ensure all people have access to adequate and nutritious food, and to water. Measures must be taken to eradicate food insecurity and reliance on food banks.

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The Government should ensure all people have access to adequate mental and physical healthcare. This ranges from ensuring healthy development of children to treating and controlling an epidemic. Healthcare is universal and should not be conditional on factors such as income or wealth, or nationality. The Government should end practices such as data sharing.

The Government should promote and ensure the participation of affected people in decisions which impact economic and social rights.

The Government should provide welfare benefits and family assistance to all people, with no limitations based on factors such as family size or nationality.

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The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) protects rights such as housing, health and education, those essential conditions needed to live a life of dignity and freedom.

Rights monitoring

Our submissions to UPR and Treaty Body Mechanisms.

Recent blogs

What can you do?

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Showcase your support for the legal recognition of economic and social rights in domestic law by sharing the hashtag #ESRights or #ESCR or #ICESCR and tag @JustFairUK when you are using social media. 

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