Kenyan court upholds the closure of Bridge International Academies over failure to respect standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A judgement delivered yesterday by a Kenyan Court upholds the action taken by Busia County Government to close down ten Bridge International Academies for violating education norms and standards. It marks a turning point and must signal a move towards fulfilling the right to education in Kenya and other countries, say five […]

February 17, 2017 in Right to education by

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Int’l Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at 50: The Significance from a Women’s Rights Perspective

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and ESCR-Net released a publication entitled The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at 50: The Significance from a Women’s Rights Perspective. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) enshrines economic, social and cultural (ESC) human rights, including the right to […]

February 8, 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 February 2017, outlines […]

February 7, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Regional Consultation on Human Rights Guiding Principles on State obligations regarding Private Schools

Dear all, The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), the Right to Education Project (RTE) and the Open Society Foundation’s Education Support Programme (OSF-ESP) are pleased to invite you to a Northern America and Western Europe Regional Consultation on Human Rights Guiding Principles on State obligations regarding Private Schools to be held in Paris at UNESCO […]

February 3, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Reaction from human rights organisations to the closure of Bridge schools in Uganda

Uganda judgement on the closure of Bridge International Academies must signal a move towards fulfilling the right to education in Uganda and other countries FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kampala, Uganda, November 10, 2016 The 15 organisations endorsing this statement take note of the decision taken by the High Court of Uganda sitting in Kampala on Friday […]

November 10, 2016 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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Update on 59th session of Committee on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) held its 59th session from 19 September to 7 October 2016. Immediately following the session, a Working Group of the Committee held the ‘pre-session’ from 10 – 14 October. This Update provides a summary of the meetings and key developments: Sustainable development goals State reporting procedure Overdue […]

October 24, 2016 in Uncategorized by

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UN Committee recommends The Philippines to strengthen its public education system

(Nairobi, 17 October 2016) The Global initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) welcomes another important new set of recommendations (available here: http://bit.ly/2dhMWp7) from the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), which calls on The Philippines to strengthen its public education sector, to regulate all schools, including low-cost private schools, and to […]

October 17, 2016 in Right to education by

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Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council

Economic, social and cultural rights at the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council 13 September to 30 September 2016 This Update aims to provide a summary of the initiatives regarding economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (September 2016). There were not so many ESC rights […]

October 13, 2016 in Uncategorized by

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Economic, social and cultural rights | UN experts outline States’ legal obligations to respect and protect defenders

States have a legal obligation under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to respect and protect human rights defenders working towards the realisation of those rights, according to a groundbreaking new statement by a UN Treaty Body. In an authoritative statement, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, said that ‘it […]

October 12, 2016 in Uncategorized by

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Human Rights Beyond Borders: The Maastricht Principles Turn Five.

Human Rights Beyond Borders: The Maastricht Principles Turn Five. Are human rights obligations breached by an intergovernmental organization or its governing States, when it tells a government to cut its public services? Can the obligations under the right to food be left completely to a State that is adversely affected by the climate impact of […]

September 27, 2016 in Uncategorized by

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