Economic and Social Rights

The Working Group on Economic and Social Rights (ESR WG):

  • strengthens NHRIs capacity via exchange of information and practice, developing tools, dedicated training and capacity building.
  • strengthens NHRIs’ message through ENNHRI and also agreed ENNHRI message at national level and includes them into advocacy at the regional level (such as the Turin process for the European Social Charter).
  • enhances capacity and impacts via interactions and cooperation with other ENNHRI Working Groups
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The Working Group on Economic and Social Rights (ESR WG) is most recent ENNHRI working group, established in January 2016 and chaired by Laurence Bond, Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission, Ireland.

Nonetheless, ENNHRI’s members had since 2003 decided to work in Economic and Social Rights in Time of Economic Crisis. The German Institute for Human Rights has led most of ENNHRI’s activities in this field until the first Meeting of members in October 2015 and small group discussion at the General Assembly of December 2015.

ESR WG Priorities in 2016

  • Research (and monitoring)
  • Human rights impact assessment
  • Economic policies

ENNHRI’s previous work on the topic

ENNHRI’s recent activities in the field of Economic and Social Rights

In January and October 2016, ESR Working Members participated into the ENNHRI - Council of Europe – FRA – Equinet thematic collaborative platform on Economic and Social Rights

In June 2016, ESR Working group Members met with Mr Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights.

In 2017 the ESR WG members decided to approach their work to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and explore more closely the relation between poverty measurement in Europe by national governments and poverty under the SDGs (Goal No. 1 being No poverty) from a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA).

ESR WG Submissions

  • Human Rights implications of privatising or contracting out
    Public Services
    , Statement to the Council of Europe High Level Seminar on Business and Human Rights (Strasbourg, 9 June 2017). In a joint submission of the Working Groups on Economic and Social Rights and on Business and Human Rights, ENNHRI called on the CoE Member States to step up efforts to establish a practice of human rights impact assessment in this area, and to address the business and human rights challenges within the European region.
  • Statement of Support for the Turin Process
    to strengthen Social Rights in Europe
    to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Economic and Social Rights (October 2016). ENNHRI Submission of a report on NHRI practices under the European Social Charter control mechanisms.