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Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective Human Rights Education Series: Topic Book 1


David A. Shiman


The Human Rights Resource Center and The Stanley Foundation







Human Rights Resource Center, University of Minnesota, 229-19th Avenue South, Room 439, Minneapolis,MN 55455 Phone: 1-888-HREDUC8 Fax: 612-625-2011; humanrts@tc.umn.edu





Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective addresses the social and economic rights found in Articles 16 and 22 through 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which are generally not recognized as human rights in the United States. These rights were further articulated in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Although in 1948 the United States was a signatory to the non-binding Universal Declaration, it remains among the few nations that have not ratified the ICESCR. In keeping with the UDHR and ICESCR, Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective treats social and economic rights as inalienable human rights, putting them in both local and global perspective and illustrating the interdependence between social/economic and civil/political rights.It also builds on the premise that the study of human rights is also a call to action. Therefore, the activities in this book suggest ways in which participants can act to make this a better world. The book begins with a brief history of economic, social, and cultural rights and an essay, in question and answer format, that intoduces these rights. Although cultural rights are interrelated and of equal importance as economic and social rights, this book primarily addresses justice regarding economic and social components. The activities in this book are appropriate for middle school through adult learners.




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