ESCR-Net Newsletter - March / April 2016

March/April 2016 If you are having trouble viewing this email and wish to view the Newsletter on our website, click here: English | Español | Françai

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The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) involves over 270 Members in 70 countries, together building “a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all”.


The Women and ESCR Working Group launched new briefing papers on land, work and health in relation to women’s ESCR, and welcomed Aya Fujimura-Fanselow as Program Coordinator.

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ESCR-Net issued a public statement following the assassination of Berta Cáceres, a collective letter calling for freedom for Gustavo Castro Soto of Otros Mundos and a statement denouncing ongoing restrictions against human rights defenders in Egypt.


ESCR-Net’s Treaty Initiative Project continues to host online and in-person consultations, including with indigenous peoples in New York (May 11) and Latin American organizations in Mexico (15-17 May) to consider priorities for the future UN treaty on human rights and business and related advocacy opportunities.

The Corporate Accountability Working Group strengthened its leadership from the Middle East, West Africa and Mesoamerica and added new expertise on the rights of indigenous peoples by welcoming four new members to its Steering Committee.

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The NGO Coalition for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) promoted ongoing ratification through the Arabic version of its animated video and an event at the 58th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.


Upcoming events

The Working Group on Strategic Litigation, together with CEJIL, will organize a workshop on possibilities for strategic litigation of economic, social and cultural rights and the OP-ICESCR in Costa Rica (27-28 April).


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