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The UK is up for its latest human rights review by the United Nations, and there are a lot of issues to discuss.

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) is reviewing the UK, as it does on a regular basis, and it is currently seeking input from civil society as to how well the UK is protecting, respecting, and fulfilling people’s economic, social, and cultural rights – the right to food, housing, healthcare, education, and work are all human rights, and the necessities that allow people to live in dignity and with freedom. 

This review is more important than ever

With over a decade of austerity, Covid-19, and now the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, the historic and systematic inequalities that exist between us have been exposed for all to see. These crises have meant that some groups of people continue to be disproportionately impacted with violations of their economic, social and cultural rights, the same groups who are almost always at the sharpest end.

As such, this review of the UK’s human rights record, is more important than ever, and we urge civil society groups in England and Wales to take part in the review process.    

Civil society refers to a wide array of organisations and includes community groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), unions, charities, faith-based organisations, professional associations, and foundations.

Here’s how to get involved

We have been commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to prepare a report on the ICESCR, on behalf of civil society in England and Wales, ahead of the UN’s next review of the UK.

We are collecting information on how well people in the UK can enjoy these rights and suggestions as to how the UK and Welsh Governments can improve their work to realise them. 

We currently have a call for evidence open, inviting submissions from anyone who has worked on the relevant issues to get involved and play an important role in this international monitoring process. 

It is vital that now more than ever, that the UK and Welsh Governments are held to account on these issues.