Economic and Social Rights

Economic and Social Rights Programme

About Our Work_

Economic and social rights (ESR) are poorly understood and rarely enforced in many states. This despite the fact that a large number of states are party to international treaties, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

As a result, these rights need to be consolidated and given full effect through a variety of advocacy strategies including litigation. INTERIGHTS has identified the right to health and the right to education as key areas where the organisation can successfully pursue strategic litigation to better protect ESR at both the regional and international level. Over the past year, INTERIGHTS has worked on cases involving such diverse issues as the linguistic rights in education, school segregation, sexual and reproductive health education and conditions in mental health care facilities.

Latest INTERIGHTS News_

Litigating the Right to Health in Africa

In April 2013, INTERIGHTS held a litigation surgery in Ghana which centred on discussions of cases, particularly on how to use international human rights law to successfully litigate right to health issues in the region.

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Cazacliu v Romania

In January 2013 INTERIGHTS submitted a third party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning the adverse impact of evictions and state housing relocations on the right to education.

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Litigation_

Cazacliu v Romania

INTERIGHTS submitted a third party intervention in this case which concerns the eviction of Romanian nationals of Roma origin and the adverse impact of evictions and state housing relocations on the accessibility component of the right to education. Transport from the relocation site to the town was cancelled, preventing the children and young people from attending school which in turn led to them being either expelled or abandoning school.

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Gretel Artavia Murillo and Others ('Fecundacion In Vitro') v Costa Rica

On 21 December 2012, the Inter-American Court found Costa Rica in breach of the American Convention on Human Rights, ruling that the State’s ban on IVF violated the right to privacy, the right to liberty, the right to personal integrity and the right to form a family, in conjunction with the right to be free from discrimination. INTERIGHTS were third party interveners in the case.

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Catan & Ors v Moldova and Russia - Grand Chamber judgment

On 19 October 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights published its judgment in this case concerning the forced closure of schools and harassment and intimidation of ethnic Moldovans following the introduction of a law criminalising the use of Latin script in schools in the unrecognised breakaway region of Transdniestria.

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Capacity Building and Standard Setting_