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International Standards

Eliminating poverty and promoting human rights are inter-related objectives voiced by many international treaties and commitments. The persistence of extreme poverty and the recurrence of violations of civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights are mutually reinforcing. Consequently, a wide range of human rights standards are relevant for the mandate of the Special Rapporteur. See below a non-exhaustive list of relevant international instruments and standards:

Articles 1 and 55 of the Charter of the United Nations (1945)
Articles 22 and 25 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (1948)

International Human Rights Treaties

Articles 9, 11, 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)
Article 6 (1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)
Article 5 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)
Articles 11, 12, 13 and 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979)
Articles 24 and 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
Articles 24 to 30 and 43 of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (1990)
Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2002)

Other relevant International Treaties

Articles 20 to 24 of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951)
Article 54 of the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (1977)
Article 14 of the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (1977)

Regional Instruments

Articles 2, 4, 5 and 15-18, 22, 24 and 25 of the African [ Banjul ] Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (1981)
Articles 3, 4, 5, 11 - 15 and 23 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1999)
Articles 2 - 4, 12 - 16, 18 - 19 and 22 - 24 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2005)
Articles 3, 4, 5 and 12, 15, 16 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (1995)
Articles 4, 11 to 17 and 19 of the European Social Charter (1961)
Articles 4, 11 - 17 and 19, 23, 30, 31 European Social Charter (revised) (1961)
Article 4 of the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter (1988)
Article 26 of the American Convention on Human Rights (1969)
Article 6, 7, 9 - 13 and 17-18 of the Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, "Protocol of San Salvador " (1988)

International Labour Organisations (ILO) Conventions

International Labour Organisation Convention, Sickness Insurance (Industry) Convention C24 (1927)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Sickness Insurance (Agriculture) Convention C25 (1927)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Invalidity Insurance (Industry, etc.) Convention C37 (1933)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Invalidity Insurance (Agriculture) Convention C38 (1933)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Survivors' Insurance (Industry, etc.) Convention C39 (1933)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Survivors' Insurance (Agriculture) Convention C40 (1933)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Workmen's Compensation (Occupational Diseases) Convention (Revised), C42 (1934)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention C102 (1952)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Employment Injury Benefits Convention C121 (1964)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Invalidity, Old-Age and Survivors' Benefits Convention C128 (1967)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Medical Care and Sickness Benefits Convention C130 (1969)
International Labour Organisation Convention, Maintenance of Social Security Rights Convention C157 (1982)

Soft Law Documents

Articles 6, 8 to 25 of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Adopted by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (1955)
Article 3 of the Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons (1971)
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration on the Eradication of Hunger and Malnutrition (1973)
Articles 4 to 6 of the Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict (1974)
Articles 2 to 7 of the Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons (1975)
Articles 1 to 7 of the Declaration of Alma-Ata (1978)
Articles 2, 8 and 10 of the Declaration on the Right to Development (1986)
Principle 1, 3 and 5 of the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment (1988)
Annex 1, 5 and 14 of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons (1991)
Chapter 3 and 7 of Agenda 21, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development (1992)

Conferences

Articles 1, 5, 14, 25, 30, 31 and 47 of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (1993)
Articles 16 to 22 and 41 to 44 of the Platform of Action of the Fourth Conference on Women (1995)
Articles 36 and 116 of the Habitat Agenda Goals and Principles, Commitments and the Global Plan of Action (1996)
Rome Declaration on World Food Security (1996)
Articles 1, 2 and 11 of the United Nations Millennium Declaration (2000)
Chapter I of the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development (A/CONF.166/9)

Sub commission resolutions

Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights resolution 2006/9 of 24 August 2006 (Word)


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