Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (General)

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Religious and philosophical traditions worldwide have expressed the importance of protecting society's weakest and most vulnerable sectors and has advocated “speaking truth to power” in the cause of fairness and justice. Around the world, communities of faith and conscience have been at the...

In 1994 the Agriculture Labour Relations Act (ALRA) was passed to include agricultural workers in the Province of Ontario's labour relations regime.  One year later a newly elected Conservative government repealed the ALRA.  The Appellants challenged both the repeal of the ALRA and the exclusion of agricultural workers from the Labour Relations Act (LRA) as an infringement of the rights of agricultural workers to associate under section 2(d) of the Canadian Charter.  They also alleged discrimination against a vulnerable class of workers, in violation of the right to equali

A permit was granted by the Central Forestry Board to a private company to quarry stone from the Etela-Riutusvaara mountain. Indigenous members of the Muotkatunturi Herdsmen's Committee asserted that the quarrying of the stone and its transportation through their reindeer herding territory would violate their right to enjoy their culture under Article 27 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).  

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) alleged that a large number of children in Portugal (estimated at 200,000 children) worked in poor conditions that affected their health. The ICJ claimed that Portugal was violating article 7(1) of the European Social Charter (ESC) by failing to properly supervise child labour. The government disputed the ICJ's statistics, claiming a maximum of 27,000 children worked and only 2,500 children were paid workers and employed in contravention of the Charter.

Country: 
United States of America
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
OP-ICESCR
Country: 
Switzerland
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
System of Solidarity (SOS)
Country: 
United States of America
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
OP-ICESCR

Twenty deputies of the Latvian Parliament (the Saeima) claimed that certain employers were not paying social insurance premiums into a fund for their employees. The deputies asserted a breach of the constitutional right to social security and Articles 9 and 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) since the State had failed to ensure the relevant legislation ensured that premiums were paid by employers.

Country: 
Palestine
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Economic Policy and Human Rights
Monitoring
OP-ICESCR