After a long-sought struggle by La Via Campesina and other organizations for further recognition and protection of the rights of peasants, the Advisory Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council will present a final study on ways and means to further advance the rights of people working in rural areas.
The Kenyan High Court has just issued an important decision on the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs), based on the country's new constitution and international human rights law. The decision was a great achievement for Kenyan civil society, Hakijamii, ESCR-Net, the members of the ESCR-Net's Adjudication Working Group, and our goal of promoting economic, social and cultural rights around the world.
In a landmark ruling on the right to restitution of ancestral lands, Sawhoyamaxa indigenous community leaders, Paraguayan officials and local companies have recently signed an agreement to allow the community to return to their ancestral lands.
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and OECD Watch organize a public panel debate: Corporate Justice? In Search of Effective Remedies for Victims of Corporate-Related Abuses.
December 10, 2009 marks the first anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. On this occasion, the International Coalition of NGO issued a statement calling upon States and civil society to mobilize their efforts for a rapid ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocol.
Statement by Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights during the signing ceremony of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, held in New York on September 24, 2009.
Luis Pedernera, Coordinator of IELSUR, an ESCR-Net Member Organization, criticizes Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez's failure to put human rights at the forefront of the country's public safety policy.