Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: 2016 Annual Report

In 2016, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Global Initiative or GI-ESCR) continued to make strides in linking national and grassroots human rights advocates to international human rights law and mechanisms.  Through this work we seek to build capacities for achieving transformative change by applying the human rights framework to challenge inequality, […]

September 7, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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New research commissioned by the Government of Liberia confirms Bridge International Academies are failing

          For a PDF version, see http://bit.ly/2x9ZwQh (Monrovia, Kampala, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos, London, 7 September 2017) A new independent rigorous study published today, the first of its kind, confirmed that the American large-scale commercial chain of pre-primary and primary schools, Bridge International Academies, is not fulfilling its learning promises, while violating ethical […]

September 7, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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Privatisation on Education and Human Rights Forum

55 people from over 20 countries are meeting in the next 7 days to discuss the impacts of privatisation of education on human rights, and strategize for the next two years. The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is delighted to join this 3rd meeting of the Privatisation on Education and Human Rights […]

September 7, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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We’re looking for a Human rights and social services campaigner

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic human rights and social service campaigner to build on this momentum and work with GI-ESCR and partners to transform the progress made into public mobilisation and concrete change. We are looking for someone to start immediately, for an initial 18 months period (renewable subject to funding), based […]

August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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174 organisations call investors to cease support to Bridge International Academies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 174 organisations worldwide call investors to cease support to American chain of schools Bridge International Academies (Nairobi, Kampala, Monrovia, Johannesburg, 1st August 2017) 174 civil society organisations from around the world have today released a statement calling on investors to cease support for Bridge International Academies, a company running over 500 commercial private schools in […]

July 31, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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ESC Rights Update: 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Update 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council 6 June to 23 June 2017   This Update aims to provide a summary of the initiatives regarding economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council (June 2017). This Update provides information about: Right to […]

July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Tenants’ right to adequate housing is recognized by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Via ESCR-Net Mohamed Bourmouz, NaouelBellili and their children were evicted from the home they had rented in Madrid, Spain, on 3 October 2013, after their lease contract expired. Spain was then going through a severe economic crisis with high levels of unemployment, which ended up engulfing the Bourmouz-Bellili family. The family situation of vulnerability was […]

July 10, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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CESCR: Climate Change rises to violation of International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

During its periodic review of Australia, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered violations of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the context of actions and omissions resulting in climate change. The Committee expressed its concern “about the continued increase of CO2 emissions in the State party, at risk […]

June 28, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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States must ensure that businesses abide by human rights throughout their operations, including abroad

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted an authoritative reaffirmation of the extra-territorial obligation (ETO) to protect International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the context of corporations operating abroad. Reaffirming its Concluding Observations developed over the past several years, the Committee made clear that States Parties to the Covenant are […]

June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Updated Working Paper – Human Rights Law Sources: UN Pronouncements on Extra-Territorial Obligations

Extra-territorial obligations (ETOs) are increasingly recognized as essential to ensuring a global framework built on human rights.  As a consequence, civil society is demanding that ETOs be applied through human rights monitoring, enforcement, accountability and remedial mechanisms, resulting in a growing body of pronouncements enforcing ETOs in practice. This Working Paper, updated June 2017, outlines […]

June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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