Welcome to Social Rights

This website aims to give prominence to and address the major theoretical and practical issues of economic, social and cultural rights – the so-called “second generation rights”. Although most governments and international organizations claim to support the idea of the universality and indivisibility of rights, the situation on the ground is quite different. There is silent agreement that economic, social and cultural rights should be given second-class status.

Everywhere the emphasis lies on civil and political rights. This gives rise to the legitimate suspicion that the notion of human rights is often used by states in the restricted sense of civil and political rights for political purposes. If human rights are truly believed to be indivisible and universal, then why such focus on civil and political rights and why such neglect of economic, social and cultural rights? Is it not the case that the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to life – is closely interdependent with a number of economic, social and cultural rights?

It is questions such as these that we intend to pose and attempt to answer. Your valuable contribution in the form of comments and/or articles that you would like us to publish is strongly encouraged. This is a project that is capable of becoming an extremely important resource of information on human rights theory and the major issues underlying economic, social and cultural rights.

With the technology and know-how that we have at our disposal today, the conditions for safeguarding human dignity have never been more favourable. Yet, political divisions are still a stumbling block that we are not able to overcome. The notion of universal human rights can, however, be a positive force, since in order to fully protect human dignity, the entire span of human rights must be respected, regardless of the side of the political spectrum that advocates them.

One way of promoting all human rights is by raising awareness of their history, legal framework, theory, political aspect, etc. You can find articles on all these subjects by browsing the categories on the right hand side or by searching for specific keywords.