ICJ welcomes the imminent entry into force of the Optional Protocol to ICESCR

The ICJ today welcomed the recent deposit of the tenth instrument of ratification to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

Noting that the entry into force of the Optional Protocol (OP) on 5 May 2013 will mark an historic boost to the international protection of economic, social and cultural rights, the ICJ called on the Human Rights Council and its members to become party to the OP and other individual communications procedures of the treaty bodies.

The ICJ’s statement was made during the General Debate under Item 8 of the Human Rights Council’s agenda (follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action) during the 22nd regular session of the Council (25 February to 22 March 2013).

HRC22-Item8GD-OPICESCR-NonLegalSubmission-2013 (download full statement in ODF)

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