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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination - A Commentary by Thornberry, Patrick (14th July 2016)

14 Article 5: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

From: The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Commentary

Patrick Thornberry

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 06 July 2020

Subject(s):
Ethnicity — Minorities — Race — Right to language

This chapter details the economic, social, and cultural rights outlined in Article 5. These typically focus on the extent to which economic, social, and cultural rights are enjoyed by groups or categories in the population. Other generic questions on this category of rights focus on whether special measures have been adopted and implemented to facilitate the enjoyment of rights; whether the requisite documentation is available to particular groups in order to avail of the rights in practice; and whether structural forms of discrimination, including language barriers, impact negatively on the enjoyment of rights. The effects of austerity, and economic and financial crises, is also the subject of questioning and recommendations, as are situations of poverty or extreme poverty affecting marginalized groups, and the requisite poverty-reduction strategies. These and other recommendations stress the linkages between poverty and racial discrimination—identified as an ‘intersection’.

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