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From: The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Commentary, Cases, and Materials

Ben Saul, David Kinley, Jacqueline Mowbray

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 May 2024

Economic, social, and cultural rights — International organizations, practice and procedure — Treaties, interpretation
Despite the much-emphasized indivisibility of human rights, economic, social and cultural rights have long been seen as the poor cousins of civil and political rights. The different trajectory of each category of rights was set by the splintering of human rights into the two separate covenants of 1966, in the protracted and complicated process of juridifying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948. The story is well known. Civil and political rights were largely seen as immediately applicable and typically justiciable, whereas economic, social and...
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