Series 1, Number 10 (Fall 1997): Efforts, East and West, to Improve Human Rights Assessments

Effective monitoring and assessment of a state's compliance with any single human rights obligation raises numerous difficulties, especially since mechanisms for reporting on and assessing economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights are still being developed. The articles in this volume highlight the need to improve the current human rights assessment regime, and point to efforts being made to give ESC rights equal inclusion with political and civil rights when monitoring and assessing rights violations. Several authors show that effective promotion of ESC rights lies with the growing number of national and local groups, particularly in developing countries, who have begun to actively campaign around poverty and development issues, women's rights, and basic survival issues, such as the rights to food, health, housing, and education.