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  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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New UK parliament report finds Bridge’s model problematic and raises questions about UK funding

21 November 2017 In a milestone new inquiry report revealed today, members of the UK parliament have raised serious questions about UK Government funding of the American chain of schools Bridge International Academies due to concerns regarding the quality of education, relationship with governments, alleged lack of compliance with governments’ regulations, and high cost of […]

November 21, 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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The Network for Public Education Releases its Investigative Report

The Network for Public Education has released an investigative report on charter schools, Charters and Consequences: An investigative series.  The report concludes that “unregulated, taxpayer-funded business model of education is a fiscal and educational disaster. Whatever the benefits it offers to the few, the overall negative consequences must be addressed.” The report recognizes that “many families have […]

November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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African Commission raises concerns about lack of regulation of Bridge International Academies

(Nairobi, 13th November 2017) In a report made available last week, the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) demanded that the Government of Kenya effectively enforce regulations in regard to the controversial American chain of private schools, Bridge International Academies, as a measure to guarantee quality education in Kenya. The ACHPR expressed concern […]

November 13, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education 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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Over 80 francophone organisations worldwide meet in Dakar to discuss privatisation of education

Press release (Dakar, 21 October 2017) Just a week after France and Senegal announced that they would co-host in Senegal the replenishment of a major education development initiative, more than 80 organisations and State representatives from 24 Francophone countries will meet from the 23rd to the 26th of October 2017 at the Institut de la […]

October 20, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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