CRAE report to Ministry of Justice on economic, social and cultural rights

Category: General measures of implementation

2nd October 2013

CRAE has submitted a response to the Ministry of Justice's call for views on the issues that the UK Government should focus on in its 6th periodic report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

In the response, Child Rights Alliance England (CRAE) highlights that all human rights, including those in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), must be respected, protected and fulfilled for all children.

The extent to which children enjoy the rights in the ICESCR impacts upon every aspect of a child's life. Children are especially vulnerable to breaches of their rights under the ICESCR as they are largely dependent on others to fulfil their economic, social and
cultural rights.

Further, the physical, emotional and developmental vulnerability of children increases the severity of the impact of any breach of their ICESCR rights. For these reasons, CRAE encouraged the UK Government to pay particular and specific regard to the extent to which children enjoy their ICESCR rights.

CRAE set out some of the key issues which they believe should be addressed in the UK Government's 6th periodic report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, including:

  • General measures
  • Education
  • Adequate standard of living/social security
  • Health
  • Equality

Download CRAE's response here.

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