Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

Widespread poverty and concentrated wealth cannot long endure side by side with democracy.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Social, economic, and cultural rights are a class of rights that relate to conditions necessary to meet basic human needs. Sometimes referred to as “security-oriented” rights, they differ from civil and political rights in that rather than restraining governments, they call upon governments to take “progressive action,” to respect, protect and fulfill these rights.    


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