ESCR-Net Newsletter - September / October 2013

September/October 2013

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The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) involves over 250 Members in 68 countries, together building “a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all.” 

Lourdes Bascary, of CELS (Argentina), speaking in Uruguay                         Chapters in Spanish of Women's Guide: Claiming Women's ESC Rights
                                                                                                                            using OP-CEDAW and OP-ICESCR
  • ESCR-Net expands the System of Solidarity and Support (SOS) and successfully pilots first member-initiated Urgent Action appeal via its new website, mobilizing ESCR-Net Members and partners in collective solidarity to support human rights defenders in the Philippines.
  • Human rights critiques of the POSCO-India project continue to unfold following the launch of a fact-finding report (in English) in June, as eight independent human rights experts of the United Nations call for a halt of the project and a new video (in English and Korean) addresses the human rights responsibilities of POSCO and its investors, generating substantial media coverage.
  • On September 16-17, ESCR-Net joined the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in Geneva for a consultation on fiscal policy, taxation and human rights, and later joined strategy meetings organized by Center of Concern to further Righting Finance. The UN Special Rapporteur invites additional civil society input via a questionnaire by the 2nd of December. 

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