Economic, social and cultural rights in practice: the right to health

On 11 April 2002, the ICJ, in co-operation with the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Chile convened a parallel meeting to the Commission on Human Rights.

Positioned to further clarify obligations emanating from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, (hereinafter ICESCR), the meeting provided a forum for the free exchange of views between State representatives, experts and international/non-governmental organisations on practical techniques relevant to the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights, (hereinafter ESC rights).

Utilising the right to health as an illustrative example, participants investigated certain precepts of General Comment Fourteen as formulated by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, (hereinafter CESCR or the Committee). In particular, the Committee’s proposed four-step procedure pertaining to the augmentation of the right to health through (1) human rights indicators, (2) nationally set benchmarks, (3) scoping, and (4) assessments, received priority attention.

right to health-workshop report-2002 (full text, PDF)

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