Human rights publications

CETIM's human rights publication series was launched in 2005 with the objective of contributing to the information and training of all those engaged in the struggle for the respect and advancement of these rights. Conceived as educational guides, those publications analyze the content and scope of international legal texts (conventions, treaties, declarations, etc.) and the practice and obligations of states. They also present existing complaint mechanisms (at the national, regional and international levels) and provide concrete examples of jurisprudence.

All those publications are available in three languages (French, English and Spanish).

Hard copies can be ordered to CETIM, subject to availability of stocks.

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The right to land

94 pages | 2014

The recognition of the right to land, a historic demand by peasant movements throughout the world, is gaining momentum at the international level. This publication takes stock of this major issue of our times. It is the result of major research and inquiry, and the fruit of close collaboration with La Vía Campesina...


Cultural rights

56 pages | 2013

Through cultural rights, it is not only the issue of cultural diversity and participation to cultural life that is addressed, but also access to scientific progress and education, the protection of intellectual property and academic liberty...


The right to social security

64 pages | 2012

Social security is a system of social services intended to counter risks and uncertainties that arise within society. A product of the industrial era and linked to employment, it was initially intended to respond to certain pressing needs, and to institutionalize solidarity within society lest individuals be obliged to depend on charity...

The right to non-discrimination
64 pages | 2011

The right to non-discrimination emanates from the general postulate of the equal dignity of human beings, which has been affirmed by the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as by all international human rights instruments...

The right of peoples to self-determination

and to permanent sovereignty over their natural resources seen from a human rights perspective

64 pages | 2010

This right is a pillar of contemporary international law. Since the entry into force of the UN in 1945, it has constituted the legal and political basis of the process of decolonization, which witnessed the birth of over 60 new states in the second half of the twentieth century...

The right to education
64 pages | 2009

Education is very often seen as a means of attaining other objectives (such as a better job or increased earnings) and that education as a human right in and of itself is often lost sight of ...
The right to work
64 pages | 2008

Work is essential for everybody in the organization of contemporary society. It not only contributes to the formation of the individual, but it is also ne­cessary if one is to be able to support oneself and one's family, make and keep social contacts and fulfill one's duties ...
War on terrorism and respect for human rights
56 pages | 2007

Since the beginning of this new millennium, terms such as terrorist, terrorism, fight against terrorism, etc. are part of everyone's daily life even if nobody knows exactly what is hidden behind such terms, or whether they are used adequately or not ...
Debt and human rights
48 pages | 2007

When one speaks of foreign (or external) debt, one is referring to the indebtedness of those countries called “Third World” countries (or the South), particularly since the nineteen sixties. While the amount of the debt was US$ 70 billion in 1970, in 35 years ...
The right to housing
60 pages | 2007

The right to adequate housing is a universal right, recognized at the international level and in more than one hundred national constitutions throughout the world. It is a right recognized as valid for every individual person ...
The right to development
40 pages | 2007

The last decade has been marked by an unprecedented increase in inequal­ities and a spectacular growth of the gap between “developed” countries and those of the Third World as well as the growth of a gap within countries themselves ...
Internally displaced persons
48 pages | 2007

Although forbidden by international humanitarian law and defined by the Statute of Rome (the International Criminal Court) as a “crime against hu­manity” (art 7.2.d), forced displacements are still largely practiced in our time during armed conflict and in various ...
The right to health
64 pages | 2006

At first glance, it might seem misplaced to speak of health as a right when ever increasing segments of the world's population are witnessing a steady degradation in the state of their health, to the point where their very existence is threatened ...
The case for a protocol to the ICESCR !
40 pages | 2006

In paragraph 3 of the common preamble to the two International Conventions of Human Rights – the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – the states parties acknowledge ...
Transnational corporations and human rights
74 pages | 2005

Transnational corporations (TNCs) continue to reinforce their hold on the natural resources of the planet, dictating their agendas to the weakest countries and exploiting their peoples. Directly or indirectly, they bear an enormous responsibility for the deterioration of the environment and for the systematic increase of human rights violations ...
The right to food
53 pages | 2005

The right to food is a human right. It is universal, acknowledged at the national, regional and international level, and applies to every person and group of persons. Currently, however, some 852 million persons throughout the world are seriously –and permanently– ...