Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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Centre for Economic and Social Rights – works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life, we seek to uphold the universal human rights of every human being to education, health, food, water, housing, work, and other economic, social and cultural rights essential to human dignity.  www.cesr.org

ESCR-Net – a global movement working together to advance social justice through human rights. www.escr-net.org

The International Coalition for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights led NGO efforts towards the drafting and subsequent adoption of the Optional Protocol and now focuses on the ratification and implementation process of this treaty.The United Nations has created a new international mechanism: the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Optional Protocol or OP-ICESCR), which allows victims of ESCR violations, who are unable to find remedies within their own country, to seek justice within the United Nations. op-icescr.escr-net.org

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:  http://globalinitiative-escr.org

The Social and Economic Rights Action Centre, Nigeria is a Lagos-based non-governmental and non-partisan organization concerned with the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights) in Nigeria: www.serac.org

The Social and Economic Rights Institute of South Africa is a non-profit organisation providing professional and dedicated socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements in South Africa: www.seri-sa.org

The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Based on the principle that fundamental human needs create human rights obligations on the part of government and the private sector, NESRI advocates for public policies that guarantee the universal and equitable fulfillment of these rights in the United States: www.nesri.org

The Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is an international advocacy and educational initiative to promote women’s human rights, especially in the context of economic, social and cultural rights, by bringing a gender framework to policy, law and practice at local, national, regional and international levels, through ever-evolving strategies and activities in both conceptual and practical realms. www.pwescr.org

Amnesty International joins local communities and activists worldwide in campaigning for economic, social and cultural rights to be respected, protected and fulfilled. The organization researches and campaigns for an end to violations of these rights, calling for justice for people affected and for those responsible to be held to account. www.amnesty.org/en/economic-social-and-cultural-rights

Human Rights Watch has a hub on economic, social and cultural rights providing news, analysis and campaign updates: www.hrw.org/topic/esc-rights 

FIDH advocates for the full recognition of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). FIDH conducts investigations on violations of ESCR, such as the right to housing and fundamental rights at work. As an active member of the International Coalition for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, it mobilises its network to encourage States to ratify this text which enables victims to access a recourse mechanism at the UN level.  www.fidh.org/en/globalization-esc-rights/

Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales, A.C (PRODESC) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2005. The organization’s primary mission is the defense of economic, social and cultural rights of underrepresented workers and communities in Mexico. ProDESC achieves this goal through integral defense of workers and communities that systemically contributes to the enforcement, justiciability and accountability of these rights. Ultimately, our innovative strategies result in a higher quality of life and participation of workers and communities in their own development. www.prodesc.org.mx

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