Call on the Federal Government: Finally ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights!
We welcome that the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966 will finally come into force on 5th May 2013. At the same time it is regrettable that the Optional Protocol is still not ratified by Germany.
The 10th ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by Uruguay introduces a global individual complaints procedure for social human rights. Individuals who feel their Social Human Rights infringed can now make their case in front of the United Nations (UN) after exhaustion of national remedies. However, unless the Optional Protocol is signed and ratified by the German government the possibility of an individual complaint is not an option for people who live in Germany.
Germany supported the Protocol back in 2008 but maintains the Protocol’s ratification status “under consideration” as it is still examining the necessary adjustments to German law in case of ratification.
We hereby ask the German National Government to finally sign and ratify the Protocol! Further delays feed the suspicion of double standards when it comes to dealing with Human Rights domestically and on an international level. Without the establishment of a legal basis for social human rights, there will be no social justice in Germany. There will be no welfare state worthy of its name.