Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective is intended to expand the conversation about human rights. It provides background information, ideas for taking action, and interactive activities to help people think about human rights in a broader, more inclusive manner. It strives to help us define issues like homelessness, poverty, hunger, and inadequate health care, not only as social or economic problems, but also as human rights challenges.
Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective addresses the social and economic rights found in Articles 16 and 22 through 27 of the UDHR, which are generally not recognized as human rights in the United States. These rights were further articulated in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Although in 1948 the United States was a signatory to the non-binding Universal Declaration, it remains among the few nations that have not ratified the ICESCR.
In keeping with the UDHR and ICESCR, Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective treats social and economic rights as inalienable human rights, putting them into both local and global perspective and illustrating the interdependence between social/economic and civil/political rights.
112 pages, Paperback
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