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By Anthony George Ravlich

This booklet indicates how economically self sufficient human rights NGOs can empower humans via human rights schooling, applying the democratic strategy and aiding the suitable to improvement. It additionally means that the applying of the middle minimal tasks of monetary, social, and cultural rights will bring about the civilizing of the neo-liberal paradigm.

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Violence is on the rise, both domestically and in the society. And the poor feel they have been bypassed by new economic opportunities. In addition, as shown in chapter 1, the lack of human rights education leads to ignorant populations unable to take advantage of their civil and political rights and articulate their problems in a language the elite can understand. While lack of economic, social, and cultural rights leads to high illiteracy and a desperate struggle to fulfill immediate needs there is little time or money to make use of individual freedoms in the hope of reaping some future benefits.

Of the 188 member 36 Chapter Two states of the United Nations, 156 have ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights while 153 have ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Human Rights Development Report 2006). New Zealand ratified both covenants under international law in 1978 but only bought civil and political rights into domestic law in the form of the Human Rights Act 1993 and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. With the greater recognition being given, economic, social, and cultural rights at the United Nations may result in more countries including these rights in domestic human rights law.

It is preferable, in my view, to have equal status at the level of core obligations and only these met than the present high level of legal recognition of civil and political rights on the one hand and the failure to recognize economic, social, and cultural rights on the other. Under the latter circumstances, the poor themselves have an almost nonexistent voice in society, much less than what would be determined as the core obligations of the state. By contrast to the poor the elite benefit considerably from the present situation (see the next chapter on the liberal oligarchy).

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