Other human rights

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Several other human rights are critical for the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights including the right to social security. For example, birth registration is a fundamental right, recognized in several human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Articles 24.2) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 7). Birth registration establishes the existence of a person under law, and is a fundamental means of improving access to social protection. Without a legal identity paper, people are denied not only access to social protection benefits but to several other basic rights, as they cannot access schools, formal employment, health care, or officially register land.

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Resources

Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

These Principles¬†are the first global policy guidelines focused specifically on the human rights of people living in poverty. They are intended for use by governments to ensure that public policies, including poverty eradication efforts, reach the poorest members of society, respect and uphold their rights, and take into account the significant social, cultural, economic and […]