Constraints and solutions in the implementation of international economic rights

Enya Matthew Nwocha


This Paper It has discussed economic rights contained in the major international economic instruments, namely the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the Declaration on the Right to Development; and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Paper came against the background that there is need for nations, institutions and the international community to pay equal attention to economic and social rights as it does civil and political rights for in the final analysis, human rights are indivisible, inter-related and inter-dependent. The objective of this Paper, therefore, is to draw attention to this reality in order to reposition individuals and nations for economic prosperity and development. The Paper found among other things that the implementational mechanisms of these instruments are weak and ineffectual. It has also recommended amendments to the law and better strategies of implementation.


еconomic rights; economic development; progressive implementation; recommendations of a general nature

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