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International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

This international covenant recognises many rights that are not directly a part of the Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution. This has not yet become an international treaty. But human right activists all over the world see this as a standard of human rights.

These include:

  • Right to Work: Opportunity to everyone to earn livelihood by working
  • Right to Safe and Healthy Working Conditions: Fair wages that can provide decent standard of living for the workers and their families.
  • Right to Adequate Standard of Living: Including adequate food, clothing and housing Right to social security and insurance.
  • Right to Health: Medial care during illness, special care for women during childbirth and prevention of epidemics.
  • Right to Education: Free and compulsory primary education, equal access to higher education.


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