ESC Rights


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ESC rights

Economic, social and cultural rights

The economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights) provide protection from intrusion upon a person's fundamental areas of life, such as nutrition, health, education and work. At the same time, the ESC rights entitle everyone to equal rights, i. e. discrimination free access to health care, education and to the labour market as well as to other elementary areas of social life. They thus contribute to dignified living conditions in compliance with freedom on the basis of equal justice and solidarity. The ESC rights form an indivisible unit with civil and political rights. As is typical of human rights, immediate and indirect state obligations derive from the ESC rights and in particular from their justiciable cores. In accordance with international human rights treaties, the Federal Republic of Germany is obliged to observe the ESC rights.

Our work in this area focuses on the following issues and projects:

  • Social human rights of elder people in care situations

  • The human Right to health of irregular migrants in Germany

  • The human right to education

  • The human rights to water

  • Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  • UN Principles and guidelines on forced evictions and displacement

  • The human right to social security

  • Integration of female refugees into the German labour market