Signing of the Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (December 11, 2012)



Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Women’s Rights, Government Spokesperson, will today sign in New York, on behalf of France, the Protocol of December 10, 2008, to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

This protocol will enter into force once it has been ratified by ten states. It will provide for the introduction of a procedure for filing individual complaints with the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in cases of violation of rights protected under the Covenant.

France thus intends to reaffirm its commitment to ensuring respect for the rights contained in the Pact: the right to freely chosen work, exercised without discrimination, the right to just and favorable conditions of work, the freedom of association, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to physical and mental health, and the right to education and culture.

Since France is attached to the principles of universality and indivisibility of human rights it ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on November 4, 1980, and has been working to ensure its universalization since then.