Labour as a thematic focus area has to do with labour related rights as provided by Article 23 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which states that “everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment”.
The right to work enshrined in the UDHR is also recognized in international human rights law through its inclusion in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), where the right to work emphasizes economic, social and cultural development. Part III, Article 6 of the ICESCR provides that state parties to the covenant recognizes the right to work.
The existence of work based rights is sacrosanct to the actualization of the dignity of the human person, because the enforcement of these rights curbs or ameliorates the abuse occasioned by all forms of human exploitations in the workplace.
The Labour thematic focus is on the need for an improved working condition, raising consciousness on the rights and dignity of workers, safe working environment, and sensitization on work based rights.