The Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was established by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights with the adoption of Resolution 73 at the 36th Ordinary Session held in Dakar, Senegal from 23rd November to 7th December 2004. The mandate calls for the Working Group to
- develop and propose to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights a draft Principles and Guidelines on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
- elaborate a draft revised guidelines for State reporting;
- undertake studies and research on specific economic, social and cultural rights; and
- make a progress report to the African Commission at each Ordinary Session.
In resolution 141 of the 44th Ordinary Session (Abuja, Nigeria – November 2008), the Working Group was mandated to further define State obligations related to access to medicines and to develop model monitoring and assessment guidelines.