Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes rights to food, housing and education alongside rights to liberty, freedom of expression, and equal protection of the law. However, the “civil and political rights” have often been favored while the “economic, social and cultural rights” (ESCR rights) have been neglected. The IHRC aims to correct this imbalance by: analyzing problems of implementation of ESC rights at the national level; highlighting the accountability of institutional and economic actors for ESC rights violations; and promoting rights-based approaches to economic development.

To date, and in relation to its work on Business and Human Rights, the IHRC has produced three important studies on the rights to food and land, and on the impact of agribusiness actors and international financial institutions on economic, social, and cultural rights around the world.

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Farmer Suicides in India

Land Deals and Human Rights

The Right to Food