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The United States government threatened to systematically undermine the human rights of communities in the US, and around the world, during the first week following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. In the days immediately following Trump’s election, the...

This briefing note outlines the human rights implications of privatisation policies, with a focus on their impact on the...

Developed thanks to the collective work of ESCR-Net Members

On Wednesday, September 28, ESCR-Net's Working Group on Economic Policy and Human Rights held a Webinar on Privatization & Public-Private Partnerships, with opening presentations by Tessa Khan (Climate...

A group of Philippine legislators brought this case to challenge the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 8180, otherwise known as the Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1996, specifically Sections 5(b), 6 and 9(b) of the Act.

In 2002/2003, as the city of Bogota began the process of privatizing its waste collection services, recycling organizations in Bogota attempted to participate in a bidding process to compete for a waste collection and transportation contracts with the city. The recyclers were de jure precluded from competing for these contracts in big cities because they were not equity-owned, “share held corporations” as required by the law for public procurement, but rather, non-profit cooperatives of informal working poor.

In Bogota, recyclable materials have traditionally been collected and sold by individuals and families organized into recycling associations. Recyclers are among the poorest, most marginalized members of society.

Recycling activities in Colombia have traditionally been carried out by extremely poor and marginalized sectors of society, who collect materials from landfills or inorganic waste from the streets to transport and sell them as recyclable material to intermediary informal warehouses of the national and multinational industry from refuse deposited on the street and sell it to warehouses for modest sums.

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Philippines
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Women and ESCR
Corporate Accountability
Social Movements & Grassroots Groups
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Sri Lanka
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Corporate Accountability
Social Movements & Grassroots Groups
Economic Policy and Human Rights
OP-ICESCR
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United Kingdom
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OP-ICESCR