Educational Challenges for the Future
Chapter 3: Human rights education and the Committee on Economic,
Within the UN organization, treaty committees have a particularly important role to play in promoting and protecting the human rights set out in the nine core human rights treaties. The committees are made up of independent experts that monitor State Parties’ implementation of their obligations under the human rights treaties. There are two treaty bodies that are especially relevant to HRE, namely the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESC), and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These two committees have been singled out for in-depth analysis in this and the following chapter because the treaties they monitor contain specific HRE mandates, namely Article 13(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC). This is not to say that other treaty committees do not address HRE in their work, but the CESC and the CRC oversee the most explicit HRE treaty norms, and are therefore the most appropriate to evaluate in order to develop an understanding of the UN’s efforts when it comes to HRE.
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