Right to Social Security in the context of gender and unpaid work upheld by Committee on ESC Rights

We are very pleased to let you know that the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has released its Views in relation to MCTC v Ecuador, a case dealing with the right to social security in the context of unpaid work and gender discrimination. The Committee found a violation of Article 9 (right to […]

June 18, 2018 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 2018, outlines […]

June 4, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Update on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – March 2018

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) held its 63rd session from 12 to 29 March 2018.  This Update provides a summary of the meetings and key developments. *** State Reporting Procedure The Committee considered the State Party reports for the following States: Mexico, Niger, Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Spain and New Zealand […]

May 3, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Exploring rights-driven approaches to accountability in education

There are three pillars to address current education challenges: Increased education financing is the cornerstone of any improvement in education, in particular through improving the 4S (share, size, sensitivity and scrutiny) of education budgets; Accountability; Institution building. These three dimensions are related. For instance, increased financing is facilitated if citizens and donors trust institutions through […]

April 27, 2018 in Right to education by

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Panel Discussion on new CEDAW General Recommendations related to gender dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate change

15 March 2018 12.00 – 13.30 Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva On 7 March 2018, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women adopted the first general recommendation by a human rights treaty-body that is focused on the issue of disaster risk reduction and climate change. General Recommendations are considered soft law, an […]

March 11, 2018 in Climate Change, Event, Gender by

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Open letter – 88 organisations urge investors to cease support for Bridge International Academies

Kampala, Monrovia, Nairobi, 1st March 2018. In an open letter published today, 88 civil society organisations have urged investors to cease their support for the multi-national for-profit chain of private schools Bridge International Academies (BIA), which runs over 500 schools in Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, and India. These organisations are calling investors’ attention to a […]

March 1, 2018 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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Synthesis Note regarding States’ human rights obligations in the context of climate change

Dear all,   The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) are releasing a new Synthesis Note regarding States’ human rights obligations in the context of climate change as elaborated by the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in their country-specific recommendations.   The international community […]

January 29, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Blog: Communications procedure of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  Communications procedure of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A slow but solid start for the international accountability mechanism for economic, social and cultural rights   In June 2017, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) handed down its third decision on the merits under its complaints mechanism, […]

December 12, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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UN Committee Calls on Norway to Revise its Energy Policy, Noting Climate Impacts of Arctic Oil Extraction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2017 Geneva, SWITZERLAND – Today, the UN human rights committee mandated to review states’ respect for and protection of women’s rights (CEDAW Committee*), expressed concerns about the climate impacts of oil and gas extraction in the Arctic and the adverse consequences for women’s rights. The committee noted that, given the […]

November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights addresses climate change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 2, 2017 GENEVA — Last month, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) released a List of Issues for the governments of Germany and Argentina, in which the countries must respond to CESCR’s concerns over their adoption of energy policies that are inadequate to prevent climate change and […]

November 3, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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