Non-State Actors and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

Manisuli Ssenyonjo

in Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217908
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191705380 | DOI:
 Non-State Actors and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

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This chapter attempts to examine the role of non-state actors (NSAs) in the realization of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESC rights). It addresses the following questions: Who are NSAs? Can the state be held accountable for human rights violations caused by NSAs? Can NSAs ignore ESC rights as long as states don't hold them accountable? Do international human rights treaties relevant to ESC rights impose responsibilities on NSAs? Can NSAs be accountable directly under human rights law? Finally, is there a need for the human rights regime to adapt to take account of the role of NSAs if it is to maintain its relevance? It argues that NSAs should support the emerging global framework for human rights responsibilities of NSAs as a means to achieve good governance, encourage participation, strengthen their own anticorruption controls, and provide assistance in ways that strengthen states human rights obligations.

Keywords: NSA; human rights; ESC rights

Chapter.  14718 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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