Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (General)

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Toolkit for Action for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - available in 4 languages

Developed by the International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol, the Toolkit for Action for the Optional...

Developed thanks to the collective work of ESCR-Net Members

The Coalition's efforts are focused on ensuring the prompt entry into force of the Optional Protocol, its proper implementation, and increasing the knowledge and capacity of individuals, groups and organizations to work with this mechanism.

At issue in this case were restrictions derived from English common law on charities’ engagement in non-partisan political activity to secure changes to laws or policies to further their charitable purpose. In Canada these restrictions had been incorporated into Canada’s Income Tax Act (ITA), which stated that registered charities may only engage in non-partisan political activities to seek changes to any laws or policies if such activities were “ancillary and incidental” to their charitable activities, with the latter constituting “substantially all” of the organization’s resources.

ESCR-Net has launched Altavoz, a guide that provides practical information and tools for using parallel reporting to advance women’s economic social and cultural rights and raise international attention on issues of...

The Women’s Global Strike, a global campaign currently endorsed by over 90 organizations and movements worldwide, is a response to the unkept promises made 25 years ago in the Beijing Declaration by our governments to advance equality, development...

High Court of Botswana Protects Transgender Man’s Right to Have Identity Document Reflect His Gender Identity

ND is a transgender man, and his sex assigned at birth was female. Because the gender marker on ND’s national identity card did not match his expressed gender or gender identity, the refusal of the government to change his gender marker exposed him to ongoing and extreme emotional stress and discomfort.

Dejusticia has announced a new course entitled, “Social Rights in Migration Contexts,” to be held in Bogotá, Colombia, from November 25 to 29, 2019.

The one-week course is designed for...

Earlier this May, over 200 civil society organizations expressed their alarm over recent state actions to debilitate the inter-American human rights system. The...