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Ministry of Education in Kenya finds Bridge International Academies in breach of education standards

19 July 2017 In a letter from the Ministry of Education in Kenya addressed to Bridge International Academies, it is stated that Bridge operates in breach of national education standards and regulations. Dated 29 June 2017, the letter confirms that the curriculum used by Bridge has not been approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. […]

July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Two new blogs reflect on recent UN General Comment on Business and Human Rights

Recently the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights released their highly anticipated General Comment No.24 on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities. General Comments offer an authoritative interpretation of international human rights law. This document contains two key paragraphs on the privatisation of […]

July 18, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Privatisation in education and human rights consortium co-ordinator

The Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium is seeking a motivated Coordinator to lead in the management of the consortium’s work and support members of the network. This is a great opportunity for an individual with a strong interest and experience in education and/or human rights to join a network of diverse organisations working […]

July 17, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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10 lessons learned from two recent media articles on Bridge International Academies

Several civil society reports have raised major concerns on BIA, including on their quality, the fees charged, their discriminatory impacts and labour conditions. Bridge has rejected the findings of these independent reports. However recent media coverage has raised similar questions. In the past two months two major news articles have been published on Bridge International Academies: ‘No […]

July 14, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Tenants’ right to adequate housing is recognized by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Via ESCR-Net Mohamed Bourmouz, NaouelBellili and their children were evicted from the home they had rented in Madrid, Spain, on 3 October 2013, after their lease contract expired. Spain was then going through a severe economic crisis with high levels of unemployment, which ended up engulfing the Bourmouz-Bellili family. The family situation of vulnerability was […]

July 10, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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New publication on the impacts of privatisation on girls’ right to education

With the current realities of global poverty, climate change and increasing inequality presenting a challenging environment for the achievement of sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an opportunity to meet the vision of addressing inequality and poverty.  During the establishment of the SDGs, feminist made efforts to ensure the agenda works in […]

July 3, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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CESCR: Climate Change rises to violation of International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

During its periodic review of Australia, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered violations of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the context of actions and omissions resulting in climate change. The Committee expressed its concern “about the continued increase of CO2 emissions in the State party, at risk […]

June 28, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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States must ensure that businesses abide by human rights throughout their operations, including abroad

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted an authoritative reaffirmation of the extra-territorial obligation (ETO) to protect International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the context of corporations operating abroad. Reaffirming its Concluding Observations developed over the past several years, the Committee made clear that States Parties to the Covenant are […]

June 26, 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 June 2017, outlines […]

June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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New publication – Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development: From vision to action

The new book Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development: From vision to action is a joint initiative of FEPS, the S&D group and SOLIDAR. Published in the context of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, it seeks to offer the EU ideas on how to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development […]

June 20, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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