Rights pp 146-171 | Cite as

Socioeconomic Rights

  • Peter Jones
Part of the Issues in Political Theory book series (IPT)


The final clauses of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights list several rights which are usually categorised as ‘socioeconomic’. Those rights are further elaborated and provided for in the UN’s International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. They include rights to social security, including security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood or old age, rights to food, housing and clothing, rights to medical care and rights to education of various sorts. They also include rights to work, to just and favourable conditions of employment, to protection against unemployment, to just and favourable remuneration, and to rest and leisure, including periodic holidays with pay. Everyone is also said to have the right ‘freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits’.

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