HANDBOOK ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS - The Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International) are pleased to announce the publication of 'Promoting and Defending Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Handbook'.  The Handbook, written by Canadian human rights lawyer and consultant, Allan McChesney, is the second resource produced by the AAAS/HURIDOCS Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Violations Project.  The goal of this project is
to develop a series of simple, accurate and non-technical tools and resources for monitoring violations of these rights.  The first of these resources, a 'Thesaurus of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights', was published in English in the spring of 2000.  The Spanish version has just become available.  This volume includes an introduction to human rights concepts, descriptions
of the rights in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, an overview of state obligations, and many examples of violations.  It offers detailed guidance on monitoring violations of ESC rights, and includes a chapter on how non-governmental organizations can contribute to the work of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  The Handbook contains case illustrations, as well as resource information on economic, social and cultural rights.  To order a copy, contact the AAAS Distribution Center and request AAAS publication #00-10S.  The Distribution Center can be reached at PO Box 521, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, USA, or by telephone at +1 800 222-7809 or +1 301 206-9789.  The cost is $10.00 ($8.00 for AAAS members) plus shipping and handling.  The Handbook is also available on the Internet at

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