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How does development contribute to the enjoyment of human rights?

‘How does development contribute to the enjoyment of human rights’? This is the question that the UN Human Rights Council has asked its Advisory Committee to prepare a study on. Together with our colleagues at ATD Fourth World, the Centre for Economic and Social Rights and Franciscans International, we have responded to the Advisory Committee’s […]

June 4, 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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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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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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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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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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