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This international programme of training on Economic, Social and Cultural (ESC) Rights enforceability approaches brings together Non-Governmental Organizations from Benin, Cameroon, France, India, Mali, Senegal, Togo and the Philippines. We decided to pool our experiences, notably via this website, in order to mutually build our capacities and share them with other stakeholders.

The most recent articles


The most recent articles


A video celebrating the entry into force of the Optional Protocol on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

by Terre des Hommes France
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Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Justiciable at the International Level

Press Release May 2, 2013 Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Justiciable at the International Level: The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-­‐ICESCR)—a New Mechanism for Justice—Enters into Force on 5 May 2013. Representing years of civil (...)
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Philippine video on the Optional Protocol to ICESCR

by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights

Digitel workers who were on strike to defend their regular jobs vs contractualization urge President Noynoy Aquino of the Philippines to sign the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR).

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European network express their solidarity with the survivors and witnesses testifying in the trial of Efrain Rios Montt in Guatemala

by Terre des Hommes France
Read the Solidarity statement from Grupo Sur, APRODEV, CIFCA and CIDSE : Solidarity Statement
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European Investments in Latin America: are they responsible?

by Terre des Hommes France

A video realized with the support of Terre des Hommes France, by the Grupo Sur and other european networks after the conference “Aid to the private sector: promoting responsible investments? Latin America as a testing ground” organized on 21 March, at the European Parliament.

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Action Circular/celebrating OP-ICESCR entry into force May 5

The NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR proposal

The Protocol/OP-ICESCR enters into force on 5 May. There are various international, regional and national events and activities being planned to mark this great achievement for economic, social and cultural rights. The NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR knows everyone cannot attend these events, so they thought it would be a nice idea to collect messages from around the world expressing what the Protocol means to people. They can compile, translate and show these messages at the events the NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR attends and post them on their campaign website: http://op-icescr.escr-net.org/.

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Water for life or for trade? EU : Central America,Colombia and Peru

by Terre des Hommes France
The trade agreements between the EU, Central America, Colombia and Peru have to be ratified by the parliaments of the 27 Members states of the European Union. After years of discussion on the relevance and impact of these trade agreements, attention is turning to a vital natural resource: (...)
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Free trade : agrofuels!

by Terre des Hommes France
The EU is on the brink of ratifying some trade agreements with Central America countries, Colombia and Peru, which are intended to increase EU importations of basic products such as raw materials devoted to biofuels production. These agreements will aggravate local pressure on natural resources (...)
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Free Trade Agreements: Sustainable Development?

by Terre des Hommes France
Social cohesion is mentioned as a priority in co-operation to development between the UE and Latin America, but the fact that social cohesion is linked to other policies like trading, investment and finance is not recognized. The question is whether the EU and the governments of Latin America (...)
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The FAO as a right to food organization

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shown itself capable of promoting coherent forms of agricultural development that support marginalized food producers and tackle hunger durably. But how systematically does the agency support this kind of change? And how compatible are the (...)
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