TITLE

The Strategic Use of Human Rights Treaties in Hong Kong’s Cage-Home Crisis: No Way Out?

AUTHOR(S)
MARSH, Luke
PUB. DATE
May 2016
SOURCE
Asian Journal of Law & Society;May2016, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p159
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Using a socioeconomic rights framework, this article will evaluate government policy relating to housing welfare in Hong Kong. In particular, it will explore the alarming plight of cage tenants in Hong Kong, a highly marginalized group estimated to be as many as 200,000 in number, who live day to day in cramped, dank dwellings averaging 15 square feet in size. It will argue that current government policies are incompatible with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). It will further look at strategies for domesticating these international human rights treaties. In doing so, this article will contribute to the ongoing debate concerning the legal nature of socioeconomic rights.
ACCESSION #
114631570

 

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