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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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Civil society participates in the 30th Meeting of Chairpersons of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

This week the Chairs of each of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies will meet in New York to discuss the work of the treaty bodies. Civl society will participate in the meeting to present their perspective on the work of the treaty bodies. A group of 23 non-governmental organisations made a submission to the meeting which focuses on existing […]

May 28, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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High Court of Uganda denies Bridge International Academies’ application to suspend Ministry order to close unlicensed schools

In a judgement, dated 16 March 2018, the High Court of Uganda at Kampala denied Bridge International Academies’ (Bridge) interim injunction application seeking to maintain operations while the company’s licensing is under review. As such, all 63 Bridge schools should, by law, currently be closed in Uganda. Earlier this year, Bridge filed the injunction to […]

May 10, 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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Evidence before marketing: recalling the known, independently verified facts about Bridge International Academies

Human rights and civil society organizations, address Bridge International Academies´ response, given after organizations called on investors to cease support of the multi-national for-profit chain of private schools on March 1st. This blog post was originally posted on NORRAG’s website. After over two years of research and engagement, 88 organisations published an open letter on the […]

April 24, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Kenyan citizens, parents and teachers file complaint against the World Bank for its funding to Bridge International Academies

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Washington, DC, 16 April 2018) Following repeated efforts to raise concerns about investments in Bridge International Academies, the Kenyan-based organisation East African Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights) and eight Kenyan citizens have today submitted a complaint to the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) via its Compliance Advisor Ombudsman regarding its […]

April 16, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Kenyan court prevents attempts by Bridge International Academies to muzzle critics

Nairobi, Kenya, 23 February 2018 The High Court of Kenya at Nairobi dismissed on Tuesday the application for an interim injunction against the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and its Secretary General Mr Wilson Sossion which had temporarily barred them from publicly discussing the operations of the largest chain of private schools in Kenya, […]

February 26, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Bridge International Academies must respect the right to education and comply with Ugandan Government order to close its schools

Joint statement – 7 February 2018 (Kampala, Nairobi, Dakar) Following the decision of the Government of Uganda to close Bridge International Academies in in the country, after 18 months of investigation and court battles, civil society organizations call on the US-based company to comply with the Government decision and stop undermining the right to education. […]

February 7, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Synthesis Note regarding States’ human rights obligations in the context of climate change

Dear all,   The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) are releasing a new Synthesis Note regarding States’ human rights obligations in the context of climate change as elaborated by the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in their country-specific recommendations.   The international community […]

January 29, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Event: Geneva Consultation on Human Rights Guiding Principles with regards to Private Involvement in Education

Together with the Missions of Finland, France, and Portugal, NORRAG, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Equal Education Law Centre, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, and the Right to Education Initiative, we would like to invite you to […]

December 20, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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