International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 1966

Friday, 16 December, 1966

This treaty is part of the international bill of human rights. It guarantees several rights, including the right to work, the right to social security and the right to education. Under Article 2(2), the rights provided for in the Covenant should be available to all without discrimination on the ground of "race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status." Article 3 emphasizes the importance of gender equality by requiring states to "ensure the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of all economic, social and cultural rights set forth in the present Covenant." The Covenant was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966.

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