Social security is a human right that is protected by a range of international human rights laws and standards. These provide detailed standards and commentary on the State's obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the right to social security. They include:
Council of Europe Code of Social Security
Article 12, European Social Charter
Article 34, EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
International Labour Organisation Convention No. 102
General Comment 19 of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Scotland's new social security system recognises social security is a human right and aims to treat people with dignity and respect. Recognising that social security is a human right is a first step to ensuring accountability and further developing economic and social rights in Scotland.
The Commission published a briefing on a proposed amendment to the Social Security Bill that would see Ministers placed under a duty to have a due regard to the international human right to social security and news article (Jan 2018)
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