UPDATE FROM GENEVA: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) held its 60th session from 20 to 24 February 2017. This Update provides a summary of the meetings and key developments. This session was unusual because it was only for one week and no State dialogues were scheduled.  Therefore, much of the Committee’s session was held in […]

March 21, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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GIESCR BLOG – CESCR Day of Discussion on business and economic, social and cultural rights

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) welcomed a full house on 21 February for its Day of Discussion on economic, social and cultural rights in the context of business activities. Under discussion was the Committee’s draft General Comment[1] on this topic which has generated a great deal of interest, evidenced by 62 […]

March 20, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Join the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at CIES 2017

GI-ESCR will be presenting at the two panels below during the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference on March 5-9 in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the impact of private actors and low-fee schooling on the right to education. CIES is a major annual conference on global education issues. Monday 6th March, 5:00 – 6:30 pm ‘Understanding commercial low-fee […]

March 3, 2017 in Right to education by

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GI-ESCR statement: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing

HRC34 NGO Oral Statement Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing 1-2 March 2017   The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, on the financialisation of housing. This important topic was at the heart of […]

March 2, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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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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