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Part III Substantive Guarantees, 14 Protection of the Human Person in the Economic Sphere

From: The Law of International Human Rights Protection (2nd Edition)

Walter Kälin, Jörg Künzli

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 July 2024

Right to property — Right to work — Enslavement and forced labour

Economic activities have become a fundamental aspect of the human existence. They are a necessary means to earn an adequate standard of living; many persons also find satisfaction and fulfilment in exercising professional activities. Private property may contribute to securing an adequate standard of living and contribute to individual development. At the same time, the economic sphere can be a source of exploitation of individuals which, in extreme cases, may amount to forced labour and modern forms of slavery. This chapter deals with protection from these worst forms of economic exploitation. It provides a short overview on the right to work and human rights protection of workers followed by a discussion of property related rights.

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