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Part III Tasks and Objectives, s.1 Protecting and Promoting Human Rights, 23 European Social Charter

Oliver Dörr

From: The Council of Europe: Its Law and Policies

Edited By: Stefanie Schmahl, Marten Breuer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 October 2022

Democracy — Economic, social, and cultural rights — Rule of law

This chapter takes a look at the European Social Charter (ESC). The ESC is a binding treaty under international law which lays down both minimum rights for employees with regard to their working conditions and general minimum standards for social security and cohesion. In substance, the ESC adopts to a large extent the rules of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and its social guarantees largely correspond to those laid down at the universal level in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). As human rights guarantees, the ESC rules are supposed to take up the impulse which was set by Articles 22 to 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In that document the community of States laid down, albeit not in legally binding manner, the right of everyone to social security and to an adequate standard of living.

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