INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS (ICESCR)
The ICESCR is a treaty adopted by the UN on December 16, 1966 and put in force January 3, 1976. It commits its signatory nations to work for economic, social and cultural rights including labor rights and right to health, education, social security, family life, participation in cultural life, and an adequate standard of living.
President Jimmy Carter signed the treaty in 1979, but the Senate has not yet ratified it. Those in opposition to ratifying the treaty are often also opposed to universal health care, which the treaty requires signatory nations to provide.
Organizations advocating the ratification of ICESCR include:
National Lawyers Guild www.nlg.org
The Law and Global Justice Forum www.lgjf.org