UN finds rights violations in irregular migrant being denied essential health services

From ESCR-Net The UN Human Rights Committee recently issued a positive decision in Toussaint v. Canada, a case examining the government’s life-threatening denial of health coverage based on Ms. Nell Toussaint’s irregular migrant status. Member organization Social Rights Advocacy Centre was a co-representative of the claimant in the case, and five members submitted a collective […]

August 28, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Remembering Opiata Odindo

  In Memoriam: Odindo Opiata   Odindo Opiata passed away in Nairobi, Kenya on 16 August 2014.  Opiata was a leader in the field of human rights and social justice not only in Kenya but globally.  He joined the Board of Directors of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2013 after […]

August 15, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Update from Geneva: 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council

  38th session of the UN Human Rights Council 18 June to 6 July 2018 This Update provides a summary of the initiatives regarding economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council (June 2018). It provides information about: Right to education Right to health Extreme poverty and human […]

July 30, 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 July 2018, outlines […]

July 23, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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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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