The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  • Ayse Cebecioglu Haldız

Abstract

An Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 2008 and it came into force on 5 May 2013. The protocol gives individuals the right to raise complaints about violations of their rights which are enshrined by the covenant. Although, an optional protocol regulating the complaint procedure for its sister treaty, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, was entered into force in 1976, it was postponed for ICESCR until 2013 because of the historic debate discussing whether these rights are justiciable or not. This division between the treaties left the protection of the ESCR in the background. This essay will analyse the extent to which the protocol resolved the historical concerns about the protection of economic, social and cultural rights under international human rights law.
Published
Oct 6, 2017
How to Cite
HALDIZ, Ayse Cebecioglu. The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 6, p. 37-44, oct. 2017. ISSN 2414-8385. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejms/article/view/2622>. Date accessed: 18 sep. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejms.v6i1.p37-44.