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8 Article 6: The Right to Work

Ben Saul, David Kinley, Jacqueline Mowbray

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

Ben Saul, David Kinley, Jaqueline Mowbray

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 January 2021

Subject(s):
Right to work — Right to non-discrimination — Women, rights — Disability — Indigenous peoples — Minorities — Refugees — Freedom from slavery or forced labour — Armed conflict — Responsibility of non-state actors — Regional co-operation
Human rights law regards work as essential not only to human survival, but life with dignity. The CESCR explains the purpose of the right to work thus: During the drafting, Pakistan argued that the right to work ‘was bound up with man’s very existence and enabled him to contribute to the enrichment of the civilization to which he belonged and to the production of the goods and services which were essential to the life of his country’.2 Afghanistan noted that the opportunity to work enabled people to fulfil the ‘other purposes of human life’.3 The Soviet Union...
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