General ESCR Resources

Knowing your rights is the first step in defending them for yourself and for others. Here you can find legal tools for human rights, including texts of human rights documents, links to guides on the international UN human rights system and important caselaw on ESC rights.

The UN human rights system

HREA Guide to the UN Human Rights System:  HREA has produced a useful guide for understanding how the UN human rights system works. 

OHCHR Guide to UN human rights institutions:  OHCHR provides a portal to all the key human rights institutions, including the Charter-based bodies, such as the Human Rights Council and the Special Rapporteurs, as well as the Treaty-based bodies that monitor implementation of the various human rights treaties. 

Urban Justice Center's Human Rights Project: Toolkit for advocates that are interested in learning about and participating in the UPR process, and that advocates will use the UPR to advance a domestic human rights agenda.

Manuals on ESC rights from other organisations

Circle of Rights :  This online Manual provides an introduction to ESC Rights and is a useful training resource for ESC rights activists. 

Human rights for human dignity: Aprimer on economic, social and cultural rights. Amnesty International (2005)

Promoting and Defending Economic, Social and Cultural Rights : A Handbook (2000) :  This online manual written Allan McChesney for AAAS and HURIDOCS also provides a useful introduction to ESC rights.

Thesaurus of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights :  This great online resource also produced by AAAS provides an interactive guide to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Guide for Minorities and Indigenous Peoples: From the organization, Minority Rights Group International, this guide is directed towards minority rights activists.

Haki Zetu. ESC rights in Practice. A collaborative publication between Amnesty International Netherlands, ACORD, Hakijamii, Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy, Uganda Debst Network.