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

The NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR proposal

Tuesday 16 April 2013 by Anaïs Saint-Gal - Terre des Hommes France

The NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR proposal:

Below are guidelines for recording short video messages from representatives of local and national NGOs, human rights activists and rights-holders on the Protocol. We have made some suggestions of potential messages, but please do use your own words, reflecting your issues and the rights you are working to protect.

Record a video message using your cellphone, digital camera or other digital device (tablet/ laptop, etc.). These videos will suitable for compilation and screening at events.

Languages: Please record your message in your own language and if possible, please send us an English or Spanish language translation of your message, if it is not in one of those languages. If this isn’t possible, we will do our best to translate it but with limited time and capacity.

In terms of message, we suggest tackling 3 issues in the video: i) celebrating the Protocol entering into force and becoming a reality in May; ii) mentioning briefly how/why this Protocol is key in your country/ region and/or to your movement; and iii) encouraging all States to advance in ratifying it.

Setting the scene: It is important to show the global level of the Campaign and the global membership. If possible, shoot the video outdoors so we can see your context - different landscapes or architecture will help to show diversity.

All videos must be shot in horizontal format to have the unity needed to compile all messages into one video. Please check the sound to be sure your voice is heard and the background there is not a loud noise. Duration: 30 or 40 seconds, we want to be sure we have dynamic messages, ultimately leading to a video of about 5-7 minutes.

Message Suggestions

3. i) Celebrating the entry into force:

If your country has ratified

EXAMPLE: Greetings from (mention the country and the organisation or movement)!

We/I celebrate this new treaty. You might follow this with a message like:

The entry into force of the Optional Protocol that will help to enhance the realization of economic social and cultural rights.

Thanks to this new treaty, we now have a new route to justice.

We are happy our government has made efforts to ensure further protection of our rights.

3.ii)

We can turn to the international community to ensure our rights to (please choose one or two rights which reflect your main issues – e.g. the rep from the Fisher Folk movement might say our rights to food and livelihood, while others might focus on health, housing, food, water, sanitation, education, work, or social security) are protected. You might follow this with a brief mention to your/your community’s story or situation and the rights that you are fighting to protect.

_ If your county has signed

EXAMPLE: Greetings from (mention the country and the organisation or movement)!

You might follow this with a message like:

We celebrate that the Optional Protocol is entering into force, and we are pleased the (country) government has taken the first step towards ensuring protection of our rights (please choose one or two rights if reflect best your context).

3.ii)

We need our government to take the next step and make this protection a reality.

We encourage our government to show global leadership and ratify this Protocol; it will help to secure better recognition of human rights, which are essential for a life of dignity, security and freedom.

Please don’t leave us out. Protect our rights!

In our case, we need to live in the knowledge that we will have access to (mention some specific issue / rights as relevant in your community or country- healthcare when we are ill, decent education for our children, etc.) Follow this with a brief mention to your/your community’s story and the rights that you are fighting to protect.

_ If your country has not signed

EXAMPLE: Greetings from (mention the country and the organisation or movement)!

You might follow this with a message like:

Our government has not joined this treaty yet and we would like to know why. This tool is key to protect our rights to (please choose one or two rights if suitable) housing, health, education, work, water, sanitation, food, and social security.

We encourage our government to show global leadership and ratify this Protocol; it will help to gain better recognition of these rights, which are essential for a life of dignity, security and freedom.

Please don’t leave us out. Protect our rights!

In our case, we need to live in the knowledge that we will have access to (mention some specific issue / rights as relevant in your community or country- healthcare when we are ill, decent education for our children, etc.) Follow this with a brief mention of your/your community’s story /situation and the rights that you are fighting to protect.

3. iii) Encouraging other States to ratify

We encourage other governments to join this treaty to make it a global tool for the protection of rights and the fight against poverty and injustice.

Please send all your entries to Ivahanna Larrosa at: ilarrosa@escr-net.org, by April 30.


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