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Yesterday, a letter demanding that Congress respect human rights on budget decisions was distributed to Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Nancy Pelosi, and copied to many other Congressional and Administration officials including President Obama.  This letter was signed by 50 organizations spread across the United States, from established national policy groups to grassroots community organizations.

In an article appeared on the Summer 2011 issue of Center Focus, Aldo Caliari describes the discrediting of the two beliefs that kept control of financial regulation in the hands of a small cadre of so-called technical elites for the last two decades. "If we want the next decade to see the emergence of a financial system that serves the common good, it is imperative to ensure that the debate on financial regulation sees the active scrutiny and participation of broad swathes of society," he says.
ESCR-Net member NESRI and the Vermont's Worker's Center discuss the the People's Budget Campaign, which seeks to minimize and change the effect of budget cuts on working families in Vermont. Here, two videos highlight this recent work and the universality of the healthcare reform in Vermont along with the need to put people at the center of such campaigns in order to change laws.  Making Human Rights and the needs of the communities a top priority will help shape upcoming laws to benefit workers and their families and to ensure that Vermont's revenue policies focuses on people's basic rights.

A UN report says it will cost up to $1bn and take 30 years to clean up the damage done by decades of drilling by Shell. Oil exploration in Nigeria's south for several decades has had a debilitating effect on the environment of the region.

Click on the title above to see a short video about oil in Ogoniland.

Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from southern Nigeria

During the last several weeks ESCR-Net has stood in solidarity with our member organization Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) who have mobilized in response to the clearing of mangroves and associated land grabbing activities.  The PFF has recently compiled a report documenting their struggle to defend their lands, their liveihoods and their lives that ESCR-Net is proud to share here.

On 3 June, in conjunction with the 17th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN) organized a panel discussion on “Women-Poverty-Crises-Human Rights” in Geneva. Co-sponsored by NGLS, the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Geneva, and the Worldwide Organization for Women (WOW), the event aimed to explain the linkages between women, poverty and economics from a human rights perspective.

In April the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), in conjunction with the Arab Institute for Human Rights, held "The African Human Rights System: Practical Steps for Creating Effective Litigation Strategies," a workshop created to openly discuss the role of African human rights system in the wake of the recent uprisings in the region. The attached summary disusses contributions by participant and outcomes of the event.

Last week, Vermont passed the first-ever universal health care bill in the U.S., creating a path toward a publicly financed system that will provide health care as a public good for all.

 Read a new letter from ESCR-Net member on the security and health situation in Egyptian prisons.

The HRIA Report "Large-scale mining in Ecuador and human rights abuses."