The French Government presented its third official report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Committee on ESC Rights) in 2007. Between 2007 and 2008, the French civil society drafted its first collective report on the situation of ESC rights in France.
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. Partners: Aoudaghost Network : Senegal Unit Benin Unit Togo Unit Malian Unit and the Malian ESC rights (...)
This document compiles exchanges of the first international training session which took place in Bamako, April 14th-17th, 2008. The themes addressed were: the various steps of mobilising civil society on ESC rights (Setting up ESC rights platforms, Indicator setting with participative enquiries and collection of data, Lobbying, advocacy), the participation in the elaboration and modification of laws integrating ESC rights and the drafting of shadow reports.
The second international seminar of this programme took place in Bangalore (India) in June 2009. We discussed the thematics : Organizing civil society into a broad social movement, Monitoring the UN Committee on ESC rights’ recommendations, Monitoring administrative and judicial practices and Mobilizing for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
CCFD-Terre Solidaire and its local partners in India (IRDS, Jeevika, Human Rights Federation of Dalit Liberation-Karnataka- HRFDL-K, People’s Education and Economic Development Society - PEEDS), Sri Lanka (Human Development Organisation- HDO) and China (Asian Human Rights Commission) take also part in this programme. Read more on CCFD-Terre Solidaire.
In 2002, the CRID set up a study group on ESC Rights in order to coordinate the actions of its members and of various partners working on this topic (such as Trade Unions, Human Rights Organizations…), with the purpose to run advocacy for the drafting and the adoption of an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR.
Submitted by the FAPIL, the GISTI, the DAL, the AFVS and the FNARS on January 29th 2009, the High Authority fighting against discrimination and for equal rights (Haute Autorité de Lutte contre les Discriminations et pour l’Egalité - HALDE) has just given a verdict towards the discriminating nature of the conditions of access to the “DALO” appeal.
The March 5th 2007 “DALO Act” claims that the right to decent and independent housing is guaranteed by State to anyone who is not in a position to have access to it by his or her own means or to hold on to it. It somehow lays down the condition of being resident in France on a regular basis and under permanent conditions described in statutory order.
Juristes-Solidarités’ action is based on the observation that law can also be an essential tool of social transformation, provided that the target people take it into their hands by gaining knowledge on the subject, learning to relate it to their daily life and use it, and when necessary by contributing to its evolution. Numerous popular practices worlwide are thus a token of people’s and group’s ability to take possession of the legal field in order to best facilitate their own autonomy and (...)
The adoption of the Optional Protocol was a historic step forward for human rights. 42 years after the adoption of a similar mechanism for civil and political rights, people suffering from ESC rights violations will at last be likewise taken into consideration within the United Nations legal system. Their right to an efficient remedy has been recognized.
Between 2007 and 2008, the French civil society, via the platform for ESC rights, drafted its first collective alternative report on the ESC rights situation in France. The aim was to prove on the one hand the reality of ESC rights violations and also the necessity of the effectiveness and "justiciability" of those rights by suggesting recommendations.
Terre des Hommes France is an international solidarity organization that acts towards the implementation of the conditions of a socially fair, ecologically and economically sustainable development in the North and the South. It takes part in the creation of a civil and democratic society. In this regard, it supports partners in Central America, Africa and Asia in their field actions to promote and advocate economic, social and cultural rights and allow the development of local citizenship. (...)
The “Summer University on International Solidarity” will take place from 7 to 10 of July 2010 in Bordeaux (France). Terre des Hommes France co-organized a module on Human Rights and Dignity and a workshop on the right to food in the Philippines with the participation of its partner, Bernardo D. Larin from PhilRights.