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Economic, social and cultural rights

Economic, social and cultural rights are human rights concerning the basic social and economic conditions needed to live a life of dignity and freedom, relating to work and workers' rights, social security, health, education, food, water, housing, healthy environment, and culture. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966.

Your rights

Your rights

Find out what your economic, social and cultural rights rights are.

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Using your rights

Using your rights

The law protects your right to live without discrimination. Find out how to use your economic, social and cultural rights and what to do if you think they have been breached.

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Our work

Our work

We work on projects that promote a fair go for all, such as marriage, adoption, transgender and sexual equality.

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Housing

Housing

The human right to adequate housing has been recognised in multiple international human rights treaties. As New Zealand is a signatory to many of these international treaties, everyone in the country has the right to adequate housing. Government is obliged to ensure this right is upheld.

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Health

Health

The right to health is fundamental to human rights and is expressly referred to in a number of core international treaties.

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Education

Education

Education is both a human right in itself and an indispensable means of realising other human rights.

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Social security

Social security

We are working to ensure adequate standard of living including freedoms to avoid hunger, disease and illiteracy”.

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Water

Water

Access to water and sanitation is an inalienable human right, without it human life cannot be sustained. Tthe Human Rights Commission prepared this paper to promote the human rights implications of water in Aotearoa at a time when the supply of water, access to it, and its quality are matters of national interest.

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Canterbury Recovery

Canterbury Recovery

We are working to ensure fairness and inclusion is embedded in the rebuild and recovery process. It has a specific role to monitor human rights issues and will benchmark this work against international best practice.

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The Right To Work

The Right To Work

Young people are our future wage earners, decision makers and leaders. However, for many young people in Aotearoa New Zealand their right to work is greatly hindered.

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