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Creating and amending ESC rights Legislations

Laws guarantee the recognition of economic, social and cultural rights. Civil society can be a driving force in the elaboration and modification of laws when a legal gap needs to be filled, i.e. when no law is available or if the existing law is incomplete or out-dated. It is, however, a time-consuming approach that cannot be used to answer an emergency. Laws regulate the existence of the whole nation, on a more or less undetermined period.

The action on ESC rights-related laws is about elaborating new laws / modifying existing laws, but may also consist in campaigns on states’ reforms that violate ESC rights.

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Alternative Mining Act or House Bill 6342, A Rights-based Mining Policy

Friday 27 November 2009 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights

The Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights), the research and information arm of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), a nationwide coalition of human rights defenders composed of more than fifty (50) organizations, throws its support to and calls for the immediate passage of House Bill 6342 or An Act to Regulate the Rational Exploration, Development and Utilization of Mineral Resources.

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Memorandum: « Translate the Millennium Development Goals into a model law on poverty reduction »

Thursday 15 October 2009

The international campaign collective to « Translate the Millennium Development Goals into a model bill on poverty reduction » seizes the occasion of the World Rural Women’s Day, World Food Day and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (15-16-17 October 2009) and calls on all actors to support poverty reduction legislation, first as a model bill, an orientation law resulting from an inclusive participatory process (similar to the model bill on STI/HIV/AIDS in West and Central Africa and the reproductive health bill), then as a national law in the countries where the need is real, after adjusting the model bill to the national specificities.

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Getting rights recognized by laws

Tuesday 10 February 2009

Laws guarantee the recognition of economic, social and cultural rights. Civil society can be a driving force in the elaboration and modification of laws when a legal gap needs to be filled, i.e. when no law is available or if the existing law is incomplete or out-dated.

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Philippines: Lobbying for ESC Rights Legislations

Wednesday 14 January 2009 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights

In the Philippines, the organization PhilRights push for the enforcement, creation or amendment of ESC rights legislations.

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The Cameroonian experience in drafting laws incorporating women’s ESC rights

Tuesday 10 February 2009 by Elise Pierrette MEMONG MENO (ALVF)

Cameroon ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) as well as most international treaties and covenants dealing with human rights and human dignity, including the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Women’s Rights Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR).

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