The Forgotten Rights - the Case for the Legal Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in the UK National Law

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Socio-economic rights relate to an individual’s social, economic and cultural entitlements. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 1966 enumerates the following socio-economic rights: Right to work; Right to Social Security and social insurance; Right to an adequate standard of living including adequate food, clothing, housing and to continuous improvement of the standard of living; Right to health; and Right to education. In contrast, The International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights enumerates the individual entitlements in the political and civil sphere of life – entitlement to respect for life; fair trial; private and family life; freedom of thought, conscience and religion; freedom of expression among others; many of which have been incorporated in the Human Rights Act in the United Kingdom.

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living standards, social security

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James, A., (2007) “The Forgotten Rights - the Case for the Legal Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in the UK National Law”, Opticon1826 2.

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Asha James (UCL)

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