The ambiguity surrounding the Right to Clothing

The right to adequate clothing is a human right that includes the basic right to cover oneself. It is recognized as a human right in various human rights’ organizations, most importantly in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), as well as in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s incorporated in various scattered international covenants and enforced in different capacities; however not enforced as a fundamental right in the constitution of most countries.

In the twenty first century, the international humanitarian society fails to give the required importance to the right to clothing. There is a lack of discussion regarding this provision in the international forum. Although there are various general comments scattered across the UN Committee on Rights of Child as also Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, there are however no proper or specific guidelines or provisions laid down under the right to clothing in any of these organizations. …

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