| 07-12-2018

Analysis on the General Comment No. 24

FIAN International analyzes the General Comment No. 24 on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities

Building on its 2011 Statement on the obligations of States Parties regarding the corporate sector and economic, social and cultural rights (hereafter ESC rights), the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) released during its 61st session the     General Comment No. 24 (hereafter GC 24) which intends to clarify States’ obligations under the International Covenant on  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in the context of business activities. It’s a step further in the legal developments at the international level on the issue of human rights and business since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights endorsed in June 2011.


The GC 24 represents an additional strong contribution to the recognition within international human rights law that States hold extraterritorial human rights obligations (ETOs), building on the past jurisprudence of the CESCR and of other Treaty Bodies.  The GC 24 dedicates an entire section (Section III. C.) to detailing the content of these ETOs in the context of business activities. Although it does not go as far as the Maastricht Principles on the ETOs of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, some key elements of the Principles are reflected.

You can download the full analysis     here.