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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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UN calls on Pakistan to regulate and assess privatisation of education

5 July 2017 In its Concluding Observations following the review of Pakistan that were released last week, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) expressed detailed concerns and recommendations on the impacts of privatisation of education in the country. The Committee calls on the state to conduct human rights impact assessments of […]

July 5, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education 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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Une nouvelle résolution de l’ONU exhorte les États à agir contre la marchandisation de l’éducation

  (Genève, 22 juin 2017) Dans une nouvelle résolution importante adoptée aujourd’hui par l’ONU, les États ont confirmé l’urgence de réglementer l’éducation privée et de répondre aux impacts négatifs de la marchandisation de l’éducation. La résolution, adoptée par le Conseil des droits de l’Homme par consensus, exhorte « tous les États à établir à l’intention des […]

June 22, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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New UN resolution again urges States to take action on commercialisation of education

(Geneva, 22 June 2017) In a new important UN resolution adopted today, States have reaffirmed the urgency to address the negative impacts of the commercialisation of education, which could undermine human rights. The resolution, which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council by consensus, urges all States “to put in place a regulatory framework […]

June 22, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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