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Partnership Schools for Liberia: a critical review

Resources - Author: Tyler Hook / Year: 2017

This report reviews and analyses documents related to the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) pilot. It particularly highlights the Baseline Report conducted by Innovations for Poverty Actions (IPA) (2017), and the Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE) monitoring report (2017). The analysis focuses on three key areas:...

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The Right to Land and Livelihoods in India

Legal depository - Country: India / Body: Supreme Court of India / Year: 2016

This case focuses on the compulsory acquisition of land by the State of West Bengal for a car manufacturing unit under the auspices of “public purpose”. The Supreme Court of India determined that the acquisition had not been for a public purpose, but for the benefit of a company,...

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The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Commentary

Resources - Author: Başak Çalı, Brian Griffey, Bruce Porter, Catarina de Albuquerque, Cheryl Lorens, Christian Courtis, Donna J. Sullivan, Julieta Rossi, Lilian Chenwi, Malcolm Langford, Michael Ashley Stein, Natasha Telson, Rebecca Brown, Viviana Krsticevic / Year: 2016

This commentary aims to address the need for scholarly research, reasoned argument, consistent interpretation and creative approaches to advocacy, adjudication and remedies under the new OP-ICESCR to ensure that its promise and purpose are fully realized. It aims to provide commentary that is rigorous from a scholarly perspective but...

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Land Rights for People of Indigenous and African Descent in Colombia

Legal depository - Country: Colombia / Body: Colombian Constitutional Court / Year: 2016

Nature of the Case Among other issues, the Constitutional Court revoked licenses for all 347 private mining companies that had previously been granted approval for mining in the páramo (moorland), an ecologically endangered region of the Colombian Andes. Summary Members of the leftist opposition party, the Democratic Pole and...

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Access to abortion for poor, disabled woman amid conscientious objection in Argentina

Legal depository - Country: Argentina / Body: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women / Year: 2011, 28 April 2011

Summary: The communication was filed by the mother of a woman with a mental impairment amounting to a legal age of a child, concerning the response of public health and judicial institutions to her pregnancy resulting from rape.  After being refused by one hospital, a second hospital scheduled an...

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Access to courts and the right to work for informal traders in South Africa

Legal depository - Country: South Africa / Body: Constitutional Court of South Africa / Year: 2013

Upon an urgent request, the Constitutional Court of South Africa intervened in a lower court affair to prevent the municipal government and Metropolitan Police Force from hindering what was asserted to be lawful activity by informal traders under the auspices of “Operation Clean Sweep”. Until the legality of the...

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The Human Rights Approach to Social Protection

Resources - Author: Carly Nyst, Magdalena Sepúlveda /

This report sets out to elaborate and promote a human rights framework for social protection, identifying best practices and disseminating lessons learned. It provides an in-depth analysis of the application of central human rights principles of the human rights framework – equality and non-discrimination (including accessibility, acceptability, affordability and the incorporation...

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Report on Cash transfer programmes (CTPs) from a human rights perspective (A/HRC/11/9), submitted by the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

Resources - Author: Magdalena Sepúlveda / Year: 2009

This report focuses on cash transfer programmes (CTPs) from a human rights perspective. CTPs are non-contributory programmes  providing payments in the form of cash to individuals or households. The primary objective of  CTPs is to increase the real income of beneficiaries in order to enable a minimum level of  consumption within...

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Access to Accountability Mechanisms and Effective Remedies

A human rights-based approach to social protection requires that policy makers, programme administrators and others whose actions have an impact on a programme should be held accountable for their actions. To meet this human rights requirement, social protection programmes should have mechanisms to collect and process complaints, in particular...

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Using Human Rights in the Courts to Broaden Social Protection—The South African Example

Expert commentaries - Date: 19 September 2014 / Author: Beth Goldblatt

Human rights have an important role to play in supporting the objectives of social protection which include the prevention of poverty and inequality, ensuring solidarity and inclusion, and creating economically and socially fairer societies. They offer a normative basis and a legal imperative for requiring that states realize the...

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Forced evictions and violations of rights recognized by regional and international instruments in Kenya

Legal depository - Country: Kenya / Body: Other Domestic Courts / Year: 2011

Summary: The case was brought before the High Court of Kenya by Hakijamii, a human rights organisation in Nairobi, based on the request of over 1,000 individuals. They included women, children and older persons who reported having been evicted from their homes in Garissa municipality. The homes were built...

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