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From: Edward Lucas []

Sent: Mon 4/2/2007 10:19 AM

To: Julieta Rossi

Subject: from Edward Lucas



Mar 22nd 2007
From The Economist print edition

 Human rights -- Stand up for your rights. The old stuffy ones, that is: newer ones are distractions


Le magazine The Economist a publié deux articles controversés critiquant le fait qu’Amnesty International a élargi son mandat pour y inclure les droits économiques et sociaux et mettant en doute – entre autres – la nature juridique de ces droits et les obligations légales des États visant à assurer le bien-être de leur population. Il serait intéressant d’entendre ce que d’autres dans le groupe en pensent et que vous le fassiez savoir aussi à The Economist.

The Economist magazine recently published two controversial articles criticizing Amnesty International for broadening its mandate to include economic and social rights and questioning -among many other things- the legal nature of these rights and the States' legal obligations towards the well being of its population. Read the article and ESCR-Net's response and let the editors of the magazine and us know what you think. Also make sure to visit a site built by Amnesty with their response and that of many other concerned groups. 

View the UPDATED resource page on women's economic, social and cultural rights.  The Discussion group page on Women and ESCR has also been revised.  We encourage you to visit them both.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are not only protected through United Nations international agencies and documents, but through regional bodies and treaties as well.

The United Nations system is composed of various agencies, treaties and documents Recent reforms at the UN have altered the structure of its human rights enforcement bodies.

A petition was filed with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) against the State of Guatemala alleging the kidnapping, torture and death of four minors and the murder of a fifth one in 1990, in the city of Guatemala, by members of the security forces, and the State's failure to provide adequate judicial protection to the victims' families.

Between December 27, 1995 and September 30, 1999, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) received numerous petitions filed by retired persons and several non-governmental organizations.  The petitions claimed violations of the rights to effective judicial remedy, due legal process, property, social security, health, well-being and equal protection, which are enshrined in the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man (ADRDM) and in the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR).