oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Division in the UN over a complaints procedure for socio-economic rights. New Zealand's reluctance to take sides : international developments
At the recent United Nations (UN) open-ended working group meeting (OEWG), New Zealand maintained its distance from the American camp, which is opposed to the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Optional Protocol) providing for a complaints procedure for violations of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights). It is envisaged that the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) will have the competence to receive and determine these complaints once domestic remedies have been exhausted.
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