Resources

The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) is a key human rights treaty that strengthens access to justice in relation to people’s economic, social and cultural rights. It...

The NGO Coalition for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has released a new animated video to be used as a tool to promote ratification of the Optional...

Should African States ratify the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights? A guide to the complementarity between the human rights systems at the African regional level and the international level. 

The guide is available...

On 10 December 2008, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR). The Optional...

The Campaign for the Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) launches a new promotional brochure to explain what is the OP-ICESCR, why is the OP-ICESCR valuable for people and why is the...

Toolkit for Action for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - available in 4 languages

Developed by the International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol, the Toolkit for Action for the Optional...

Manuals and Resource Guides

Here are some resources to help increase your knowledge of the OP-ICESCR!

NEW! Manual for Claiming the ESC rights at the UN...

This Resource Guide aims to improve the existing knowledge and understanding of activists and lawyers on international norms and standards, such as substantive equality, to support effective advocacy on women’s economic, social and cultural rights.

This paper   presents the NGO Coalition's views regarding key provisions of the OP ICESCR that it considers should be reflected in the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Committee) Rules of Procedure related to individual communications. We recognize...

Since the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, several United Nations mechanisms for enforcing and protecting economic, social, and cultural rights have emerged. One of the most important international mechanisms for defending and promoting ESCR...

ESCR-Net's Strategic Litigation Working Group (formerly Adjudication Working Group) is publishing a new commentary on the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR). This new ...

The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has launched the new publication "Claiming ESCR at the United Nations: a manual on utilizing the OP-ICESCR in strategic litigation"