The Relevance of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

September 19, 2009

It is not sufficient to merely point out that the dichotomy between the two groups of rights (civil and political on the one hand and economic, social and cultural on the other) is based on a fallacy. In order to afford economic, social and cultural rights their proper place in the human rights field we […]

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

September 18, 2009

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union was primarily intended for the purpose of making “the overriding importance and relevance of fundamental rights more visible to the Union’s citizens.”[1] This is expressly stated in the Preamble of the Charter, which ties this need to the growing changes in society, with particular reference to […]

United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms

September 18, 2009

The mechanisms, established by the United Nations, for the monitoring of the observance of human rights international instruments by State parties fall into two groups, namely the conventional and the extra-conventional mechanisms. The conventional mechanisms are the committees, or treaty bodies, established under the human rights treaties and their purpose is to monitor the implementation […]

The Role of NGOs

September 17, 2009

The system of protection and promotion of human rights has since its beginnings been inconceivable without the work of NGOs. These organizations are a vital aspect of the global human rights struggle. Due to their nature of being decentralized and following their own set of priorities and agendas, they have proven to be capable of […]

A False Dichotomy

September 17, 2009

There are a number of arguments which are used to define economic, social and cultural rights as a separate category of human rights and sometimes even deny them the status of genuine human rights. The most prominent of these arguments are based on the assumptions that economic, social and cultural rights have a historical origin […]

On the Universality and Indivisibility of Human Rights

September 16, 2009

A fundamental element of human rights norms affects the relationship between the state and the individual. The formulation of human rights norms is viewed as a necessary precondition to ensure that the state’s overwhelming power does not infringe upon the autonomy of the individual and therefore upon his or her dignity. Understood in this limited […]