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​​Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

What are economic, social and cultural rights?


Frequently Asked Questions on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Fact Sheet No. 33

Economic, social and cultural rights include the rights to adequate food, to adequate housing, to education, to health, to social security, to take part in cultural life, to water and sanitation, and to work.

For more information, please consult:

Frequently Asked Questions on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Fact Sheet #33
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Report:


High Commissioner's report on early warning and economic, social and cultural rights

High Commissioner's report on the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in conflict

Toolkits on specific rights:


Key concepts on the economic, social and cultural rights


WFP and Timor Education Ministry Provide Meals to Schoolchildren © UN Photo/Martine Perret
 © UN photo/Martine Perret

ESCR Bulletin


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Issued every two months, the OHCHR ESCR Bulletin aims at sharing news, activities, key events and new resources relevant to economic, social and cultural rights, with focus on the work of the OHCHR. Cover photo hyperlinked to the page with all issues.

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International Standards


Economic, social and cultural rights are protected under various international and regional treaties as well as in national constitutions. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is the most comprehensive treaty which provides protection of these rights at international level.

Status of ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Map of status of ratifications