More than 20 civil society organizations submitted a petition to the Argentine State at the beginning of May, in order to carry out the pending reports on the state of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR).
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Argentina acceded to the Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, also known as the Protocol of San Salvador (PSS), which entered into force in 1999.
The PSS states in article 19 that the States Parties undertake to submit periodic reports on the progressive measures they have adopted to ensure respect for the rights enshrined in the Protocol. However, Argentina owes the report for the year 2014 relating to rights in social security, education and health. It also welcomes the report that should have been submitted in mid-2016 on labor rights and trade union freedoms, adequate food, environment and culture.
The importance of these reports is that they are indispensable tools to monitor and diagnose the level of compliance with these rights. Ensuring transparency, access to information and accountability in this area allows us to know the current state and evaluate progress in the progressive fulfillment of these rights, another international commitment assumed by the Argentine State. In addition, developing such reports allows States to design and develop public policies that respond to situations of inequality, inequity and violation of rights.
That is why it is important that the Argentine State submits the corresponding reports, thus fulfilling the commitment made to guarantee Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Juan Carballo – [email protected]