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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) commissioned Just Fair to prepare an independent parallel report on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), on behalf of civil society in England and Wales, ahead of the United Nations’ Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UN CESCR) next review of the UK. You can now read the project’s final report.

The report

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Over 70 civil society organisations and individuals from across England and Wales have come together to provide evidence for our report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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Use the companion guide to undersand the background to the UNCESCR review process, why this report was written, why it’s so important… and what happens next as we work to hold the UK and Welsh Governments to account.

Report background

The aim of this project has been to empower and support civil society to hold the UK and Welsh governments to account for their obligations under ICESCR. Specifically, the project has involved:

  • Consultation with a wide range of civil society organisations (CSOs) on robust, relevant evidence, and recommendations to promote and protect socio-economic and cultural rights in England and Wales.
  • Raising the understanding, awareness, and capacity of CSOs, through webinars and events on the ICESCR review process.
  • Drafting and submitting an independent, accurate, and comprehensive shadow report co-signed by a coalition of CSOs and stakeholders from across England and Wales.

Evidence submitted

We asked groups to submit written evidence to us to include in this report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The deadline for submissions has now passed. Read our ‘Call for Evidence’ document, or see the written evidence submitted by clicking below.

Support we offered

We held writing support sessions and capacity building webinars to ensure that anyone who wanted to would be able to submit evidence, whether in oral or written form.

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Project funding

This project is funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. As an A-rated National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) for England and Wales, and Britain’s National Equality Body, the Commission works to empower civil society to hold government to account for its human rights obligations by supporting engagement with treaty review processes.

Privacy notice

Just Fair will process the minimal personal data necessary to enable you to engage with the preparation of an independent parallel report on International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), on behalf of civil society in England and Wales. No personal data will be included in the published report