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UN Mechanism Helps Defend Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Over the past five decades, 161 countries have ratified the UN-backed treaty called the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  As a result, some regional bodies and national courts have adopted laws protecting rights that are sometimes taken for granted.  They include the right to work, and the right to basic levels of education, food, shelter and health care.  Today, human rights activists are calling for the signing of a side-agreement...

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