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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“Liberia’s Experiment with Privatizing Education”- A Critique of both PSL and the first report of the RCT study

A recent publication by Steven J. Klees brings both the Partnerships Schools of Liberia (PSL) and a report of the first-year results of a Randomized Control Test (RCT) study under scrutiny. The paper critically analyses the findings of the report and concludes with some significant findings. The RCT study found that the PSL is neither cost-effective, sustainable, […]

November 6, 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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Geneva Event: Promoting Quality, Independence and Diversity of Treaty Body membership

Please join us in Geneva or follow live an exciting event next Thursday titled “Promoting Quality, Independence and Diversity of Treaty Body membership: the importance of transparent and participatory nominations and election processes”! Date – Thursday 2nd November 2017 Time – 13:30-15:30 (CET) Place – Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Webcasting – Accessible via TB-Net Facebook page – captioning and remote sign […]

October 26, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Update from Geneva: 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council

  Update from Geneva:  36th session of the UN Human Rights Council 11 September to 29 September 2017 This Update provides a summary of the initiatives regarding economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council (September 2017). It provides information on the following ESC rights initiatives: Rights to […]

October 24, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Joint Statement on International Day of Rural Women

  In an unprecedented development, the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice recently adopted a position paper on women’s land rights,  available on the Working Group’s website. This joint statement from Landesa and our partner organizations from around the globe is issued in support of this position paper in honor of […]

October 16, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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UN Spotlight on Impacts of Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Fracking Project on Indigenous Rights and Climate Change

Groups challenge unconventional fossil fuel extraction in Vaca Muerta megaproject FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2017 (Buenos Aires/Neuquén/Geneva – October 10, 2017) — A report presented to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) highlights the adverse economic, social, and cultural rights impacts of fossil fuel extraction at the Vaca Muerta shale […]

October 14, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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“Whose Children Go to Bridge International Academies: a School Choice for the Middle Class in Ijegun, Lagos”

On Wednesday 11th October, ActionAid Nigeria, together with CSACEFA and the Nigerian Union of Teachers launched the report “Whose Children Go to Bridge International Academies: a School Choice for the Middle Class in Ijegun, Lagos”. The report is based on intensive research by Dr Joanna Harma in the first school opened by BIA in Lagos. […]

October 13, 2017 in Right to education by

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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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