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In these times

Post-Election, Embattled Iraqi Labor Movement Still Struggles for Rights

The elections in Iraq in March brought unexpected twists in the country’s chaotic political narrative, reflecting growing complexity in the electorate as well as the balkanized nature of Iraq’s religious and ethnic landscape. Since no party won a decisive majority, it may be months before the new government takes shape, as members of Parliament hammer out tenuous coalitions. While myriad civil society movements had a stake in the election, notably absent from mainstream electoral battles was (...) read

date of on-line publication : 28 April 2010

Fédération Internationale des liguues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH)

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Press Release - UN Human Rights Council Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights As the eight session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end yesterday, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) applauded the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, a text that will enable, after its adoption by the General Assembly and its ratification by member States, a (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 June 2008


The right to housing

> Part of a series of the Human Rights Programme of the CETIM, 2007, 60 pages.

The right to adequate housing is a universal right, recognized at the international level and in more than one hundred national constitutions throughout the world. It is a right recognized as valid for every individual person. In spite of this right, the homeless, the inadequately housed, and the evicted are more and more numerous in the cities and the countryside across the planet. More than 4 million persons were evicted from their homes between 2003 and 2006.1 In today’s world, some 100 (...) read

date of on-line publication : 16 October 2007

Jim Shultz

The Right to Water Fulfilling the Promise

> A chapter from "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Latin America: From Theory to Practice" (...)

How can we bridge the staggering gap between the declaration of water as a human right and the actual achievement of its fulfilment? Furthermore, what kinds of public policies - global, national and local - will we make sure that those promises are kept? These are the questions the Jim Shultz asks, through his study of how to expand access to water and sanitation and who should pay for it. Following the example of the revolt in Bolivia against water privatisation, the author underlines the flaws he perceives in the theology of privatisation as a means of advancing rights. The article goes on to consider what alternatives exist for financing the provision of clean water and what reforms are necessary to ensure the transparency of these systems.  read

date of on-line publication : 8 November 2005

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