OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
Washington, D.C., December 26, 2007 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published the report entitled “Access to Justice as a Guarantee of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Review of the Standards Adopted by the Inter-American System of Human Rights.”
The Commission prepared this report as a contribution to help advance the guarantee of economic, social and cultural rights in the region. The IACHR understands that access to justice is an essential component to guarantee that economic, social and cultural rights can be enjoyed. It also believes that access to adequate judicial remedies can help to enhance the institutional framework for social services and policies in the region and to strengthen systems for oversight, transparency and accountability, as well as mechanisms for participation and oversight of public policies in this area.
Accordingly, the report explains the obligations of the States with respect to four core issues: 1) the obligation to remove economic obstacles to ensure access to the courts; 2) the components of due process of law in administrative proceedings concerning social rights; 3) the components of due process of law in judicial proceedings concerning social rights; and 4) the components of effective judicial protection of individual and collective social rights.
The report also provides a conceptual framework for the preparation of progress indicators on this issue. On June 6, 2006, the OAS General Assembly charged the IACHR with preparing such indicators in order to assess progress the States have made in complying with the Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, known as the “Protocol of San Salvador.”
The complete report is available on the IACHR Web site in English and Spanish.
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