Thursday, 20 November 2008
Protocol on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Adopted
On 18 November, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the draft protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which establishes an international petition mechanism: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/gashc3938.doc.htm. The Protocol has been under discussion for more than a decade. Many States have resisted it, arguing that economic, social and cultural rights are not justiciable. The Protocol still needs to be adopted by the plenary General Assembly, but this should be no more than a formality.