Welfare and Poverty

Poverty is often defined primarily in economic terms. But there are more aspects to this phenomenon that impacts on human dignity, which are of social, cultural and political nature. From a human rights perspective, poverty is related not only to income but also to access to services, an individual’s ability to participate in society and political affairs or their personal safety.

Rights Engaged

Right to social security
  • ESC, Arts 12(1), 13, 14
  • European Code of Social Security             
  • ICESCR, Art 9
  • UNCEDAW, Arts 11(1)(e), 14(2)(c)
  • UNCRC, Art 26

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Right to health
  • ESC, Art 11
  • ICESCR, Art 12
  • UNCEDAW, Art 12
  • UNCRPD, Art 25
  • UNCRC, Art 24

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Right to an adequate standard of living
  • ICESCR, Art 11
  • CEDAW, Art 14(2)(h)
  • UNCRPD , Art 28
  • CRC, Art 27

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Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • ECHR/HRA, Art 3
  • ICCPR, Art 7
  • UNCAT
  • UNCRPD, Art 15
  • CRC, Art 37

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Right to work
  • ESC, Arts 1, 18-19
  • ICESCR, Art 6
  • UNCEDAW, Art 11
  • UNCRPD, Art 27
Right to fair remuneration
  • ESC, Art 4
  • ICESCR, Art 7
  • UNCRPD, Art 27