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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in India

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

 Summary:  In January 2012, up to 53 women underwent a sterilization procedure in Bihar, India, at a sterilization camp managed by an NGO which had been granted accreditation by the District Health Society, apparently without following any formal, transparent process. The women had not been given any counseling regarding...

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The Right to Equal Education in South Africa

Legal depository - Country: South Africa / Body: Supreme Court of Appeal (South AFrica), Supreme Courts / Year: 2015

Nature of the Case Delayed textbook delivery has plagued public schools in Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province for several years. The Department of Basic Education and Limpopo Department of Education appealed a high court decision holding that their failure to ensure timely delivery of textbooks to learners in Limpopo...

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Women at Work: Trends 2016

Resources - Author: ILO / Year: 2016

This report provides the latest ILO data on women’s position in labour markets, examines the factors behind these trends and explores the policy drivers for transformative change. The report provides a picture of where women stand today in the world of work and how they have progressed over the...

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The Right to Affordable Care in the United States of America

Legal depository - Country: United States of America / Body: Supreme Court of the United States / Year: 2015

Nature of the Case This case came before the Supreme Court on appeal, and constitutes a challenge to one aspect of the Affordable Care Act, specifically regarding whether subsidies can be provided to low-income people buying health insurance through federal exchanges. These subsidies are vital in enabling people to...

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Social transfers and poverty in middle- and high- income countries – A global perspective

Resources - Author: Joakim Palme, Kenneth Nelson, Tommy Ferrarini / Year: 2015

This study investigates an old question that has re-emerged in social policy making and in analyses of global social development: to what extent does targeting and size of social transfers matter for poverty? Using multilevel logistic regression and Cross- National Data Center in Luxembourg (LIS) income data for 40...

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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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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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Maintenance of Social Security Rights Convention, 1982 (No. 157)

Legal depository - Year: 1982

Convention No. 157 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 167 specifically address the issue of the maintenance of social security rights of migrant workers and complement Convention No. 118, focusing on equality of treatment and exportability. Unlike Convention No. 118 however, which allows State Parties to choose one or more...

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Equality of Treatment (Social Security) Convention, 1962 (No. 118)

Legal depository - Year: 1962

Convention No. 118 addresses the issue of the social security of migrant workers in a global manner. It covers the nine branches of social security and provides that, for each branch accepted under the Convention, a ratifying State undertake to grant equality of treatment to nationals of other ratifying...

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Minorities

  Generally, under human rights instruments, rights are granted to ‘everyone’ without discrimination of any kind. Thus, minorities (national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities) should enjoy all rights including the right to social security on the same footing as the majority of the population. The protection of the rights of minorities...

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Equality and Non-discrimination

Non-discrimination and equality are core elements of the international human rights normative framework. Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that every human being is entitled to all rights and freedoms “without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or...

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Access to health care for children of illegal immigrants in France

Legal depository - Country: France / Body: European Committee of Social Rights / Year: 2004

Summary: The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) claimed that France had violated the right to medical assistance (Article 13 of Revised European Social Charter) by ending the exemption given to illegal immigrants, with very low incomes, from expenses for medical and hospital treatment. The complainant alleged the...

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Judicial protection of of pensioners’ rights in Peru

Legal depository - Country: Peru / Body: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Inter-American Court of Human Rights / Year: 2005

Summary: The complaint was filed at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) by a group of retired public servants against the State of Peru  alleging violation of the right to property and the right to judicial protection relating to non-compliance with court decisions. Concerning the reduction of retiree...

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Conditions for receipt of unemployment benefits and other forms of insurance in the Netherlands

Legal depository - Country: Netherlands / Body: European Committee of Social Rights / Year: 2006

Summary: The European Committee of Social Rights reviewed the report of the Dutch government on the levels of social security in The Netherlands and noted that the Unemployment Benefit Act (WW) comprises a short-term benefit (conditions for payment 26 weeks of paid employment during the last 39 weeks), and...

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Adequate levels of social protection benefits in Bulgaria

Legal depository - Country: Bulgaria / Body: European Committee of Social Rights / Year: 2010

Summary: The European Committee of Social Rights notes that a social security system must guarantee an effective right to social security with respect to the benefits provided under each branch (Conclusions XIII-4, General Introduction on Article 12). Moreover, the Committee recalls that Article 12(1) requires social security benefits to...

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