Collective Work

On Thursday, April 25, 2024, members of the ESCR-Net will present two oral interventions before the Inter-American Court in Barbados. Members will address issues such as loss and damage and ask the Court to rule on climate reparations and on States' obligations to ensure human rights under...

A collective of ESCR-Net members and allied organizations filed a written submission in response to Argentina's request for an advisory opinion on the right to care made to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR). The prospective advisory opinion represents a groundbreaking opportunity for an international human rights court to recognize the right to care, which implies the recognition of care work as the work that sustains life in all its facets and the proper functioning of society.

On Tuesday, February 6th, at 11 am (Nairobi), members of ESCR-Net will deliver to the Attorney General of Kenya's office in Nairobi two call-to-action letters demanding the government immediately implement the Commission and Court rulings to ensure justice and reparations for the Endorois and Ogiek Peoples, including return of their ancestral lands and respect of their rights to free, prior and informed consent over any actions taken there.

The decades-long armed conflict in Colombia has resulted in numerous deaths, injuries, and broader trauma and irreversible alteration of the fabric of Colombian society. One of the most affected populations in this conflict has been that of the people who have seen themselves forcibly displaced...

ESCR-Net - International Network of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) condemns the recent Israeli government attacks on Syrian Arab residents in the occupied Syrian Golan who are resisting the ongoing expansion of a wind-farm development criticized as an example of green-washing the occupation spearheaded by corporate actors. This is all too familiar for many ESCR-Net members who have faced similar struggles in the name of so-called green energy development, including in conflict-affected areas and occupied territory. We express our solidarity with ESCR-Net member Al-Marsad Arab Human Rights Center in Golan-Heights and the wider Syrian community in occupied Syrian Golan who continue to resist in the face of violent dispossession. 

The urgency of the climate crisis is reaching courts all around the world, including international tribunals, and ESCR-Net members are deeply engaged.

Climate litigation is pending or soon expected in all three regional human rights systems, in addition to the International Court of...

ESCR-Net - International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, coordinated by ESCR-Net’s Corporate Accountability Working Group, submitted remarks to the UN open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises, reaffirming its support for a legally binding instrument based on the third revised draft, with stronger provisions for corporate accountability. ESCR-Net emphasizes the need for urgent action by States to stop corporate capture, end corporate impunity, and establish effective mechanisms for remedying and compensating affected communities, including historically marginalized groups, with comprehensive attention to gender and diversity considerations.

Amidst a triple planetary crisis (climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss) with existential stakes and devastating impacts for the human rights of billions of people across regions, the universal recognition in 2022 of the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is...

On November 28, an international coalition of human rights organizations filed a legal opinion before the Constitutional Court of Serbia requesting judicial review of the Social Card Law – a law touted as promoting efficiency in the social protection system, but which the organizations argue falls within a dangerous global trend of digitalization of welfare state systems that is punishing and violating the human rights of the most marginalized communities.