Effects of structural adjustment policies on the
full enjoyment of human rights


Commission on Human Rights decision 1996/103

At its 35th meeting, on 11 April 1996, the Commission on Human Rights, taking note of resolution 1995/32 of 24 August 1995 of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, decided, by 34 votes to 16, with 1 abstention, to establish an open-ended working group of the Commission to meet for a period of one week prior to its fifty-third session to elaborate, on the basis of the preliminary set of basic policy guidelines on structural adjustment programmes and economic, social and cultural rights contained in document E/CN.4/Sub.2/1995/10 and in close cooperation with the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, policy guidelines on the subject-matter. The Commission also decided to invite Governments and intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, as well as the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to contribute to the elaboration of draft policy guidelines by providing their comments on the preliminary set of basic policy guidelines for consideration by the working group, and recommended the following draft decision to the Economic and Social Council for adoption:


Commission draft decision : 36

Effects of structural adjustment programmes on the full enjoyment of human rights

The Economic and Social Council, taking note of Commission on Human Rights decison 1996/103 of 11 April 1996 and resolution 1995/32 of 24 August 1995 of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, endorses the commission's decision to establish an open-ended working group of the Commission to meet for a period of one week prior to its fifty-third session to elaborate, on the basis of the preliminary set of basic policy guidelines on structural adjustment programmes and economic, social and cultural rights contained in document E/CN.4/Sub.2/1995/10 and in close cooperation with the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, policy guidelines on the subject-matter. The Council also endorses the Commission's decision to invite Governments and intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, as well as the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to contribute to the elaboration of draft policy guidelines by providing their comments on the preliminary set of basic policy guidelines for consideration by the working group.

[see chap. V]


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