List of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The question of which rights exactly fall into the category of economic, social and cultural rights does not always receive a uniform answer. Generally, the rights that are condsidered to belong to this group are the ones set out in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) of 1966. These include:

  • Labour rights (right to work and to just and favorable conditions at work, right to join trade unions, etc.);
  • Right to health;
  • Right to education;
  • Right to family life;
  • Right to an adequate standard of living;
  • Right to social security;
  • Right to participate in cultural life;
  • Right to partake of the benefits of scientific progress;
  • Minority rights (right to self-determination).

There are many instances where these economic, social and cultural rights overlap with other rights, such as children’s and women’s rights, the most obvious being the right to education and right to work.