Economic and Social Rights

What are Economic and Social Rights?

Human rights are based on principles of dignity and freedom. Both are severely compromised when human beings cannot meet their fundamental needs. Economic and social rights guarantee that every person be afforded conditions under which they are able to meet their needs. In particular, economic and social rights include:

The Right to Education enabling all persons to participate effectively in a free society and is directed to the full development of the human personality.  Learn more »

The Right to Food guaranteeing freedom from hunger and access to safe and nutritious food. Learn more »

The Right to Health ensuring the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health including access to care, nutrition, and clean water and air. Learn more » 

The Right to Housing ensuring access to a safe, secure, habitable, and affordable home with freedom from forced eviction. Learn more »

The Right to Social Security guaranteeing that everyone regardless of age or ability to work has the means necessary to procure basic needs and services. Learn more » 

The Right to Work guaranteeing the opportunity to have fulfilling and dignified work under safe and healthy conditions with fair wages affording a decent living for oneself and one's family. It also provides for freedom from unemployment and the right to organize. Learn more »