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Introduction: Efforts, East and West, to Improve Human Rights Assessments
These articles highlight the need to improve the current human rights assessment regime. They describe the work by a few individuals and organizations to accomplish this, primarily by investing attention and resources in the recognition, monitoring, and realization of ESC rights.
ESC Rights Assessments at the UN
United Nations system for monitoring implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), is done by the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural (ESC) Rights.
The Need for an Intercivilizational Approach to Evaluating Human Rights
Onuma Yasuaki is engaged in a critique of some of the standards currently used by Western NGOs to assess the state of human rights within countries. Yasuaki argues for the development of an “intercivilizational” approach to human rights assessments.
Human Rights for the Next Century
Chris Jochnick provides his view on the future of human rights along with the predicted efforts of the United Nations and other NGOs.
"The West" Is Not Only the United States: European Assessments of Human Rights
Peter R. Baehr analyzes the human rights of European nations. These countries continue to contribute to the development of more balanced human rights assessments in the West.
Human Rights Assessments: A Role for UNDP?
Håkan Björkman asks whether United Nations development agencies, such as UNICEF, should be assessing human rights around the world.
Bringing Women's Rights Back into the Human Rights Movement
Jessica Neuwirth would like to bring women's rights to the forefront in the human rights movement as most of the UDHR have a far more significant impact on women.
Assessing Survival Rights: A New Initiative of the Free Legal Assistance Group in the Philippines
Ma. Socorro Diokno believes FLAG’s work is a first step toward the creation of just social structures that could lead to the full realization of the rights of survival, in terms of assessing survival rights.
A "Violations Approach" to Monitoring the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Audrey R. Chapman believes the United Nations system and relevant nongovernmental organizations should adopt a “violations approach” to monitoring economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights.
Examples of Violations
Sites violations resulting from Government Action, Policy, or Legislation, and Related to Patterns of Discrimination, as well as Omission or State Failure to Fulfill Obligations.