Tag Archives: Social Rights

When could I start considering the possibility of anti-homeless spikes?

These spikes were installed in the entrance of a luxury block of flats in South London. Somebody took the picture and sparked a rapid reaction on social media. Both the local Council and the Mayor of London urged the owners … Continue reading

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What does a 6.5% public surplus mean from the perspective of the ICESCR?

Earlier this month, the Greek Government assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU for this semester. In an attempt to show off the austerity efforts made by his Government, the Deputy Prime Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, said in a … Continue reading

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#OPICESCR: A new human rights mechanism was born today

The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enters into force today. The Protocol was discussed for more than a decade and was finally adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2008. Yet, it … Continue reading

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“The Rise of Judicially Enforced ESCR – Refocusing Perspectives”, by Salma Yusuf

Yusuf, Salma (2012) “The Rise of Judicially Enforced Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights–Refocusing Perspectives,” Seattle Journal for Social Justice: Vol. 10: Iss. 2, Article 3.

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Social Exclusion in Deeply Divided Societies: A Socioeconomic Rights-approach to Transitional Justice

Read the whole piece in E-International Relations This paper claims that socioeconomic rights must be part of social reconstruction in deeply divided societies because the lack thereof lies at the core of the conflicts we aim to transform. The essay … Continue reading

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Do not obviate the socioeconomic context of the platinum mine killings in South Africa

On 16 August, 34 workers were killed and at least 78 injured after police opened fire on striking miners at the Lonmin-owned platinum Marikana mine in South Africa. Over the years, South Africans have witnessed several instances of confrontation between … Continue reading

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A nearly perfect spaceship wouldn´t take you to the Moon either

In recent casual conversations with a few acquaintances of mine, I´ve been encountered with several economic arguments that could be ascribed to the Neoliberal school of thought. Nothing wrong with that, of course. In fact, I reckon that by now … Continue reading

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Interactions between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law for the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Published in Revista Electrónica de Estudios Internacionales, Vol. 23, June 2012 FULL ARTICLE HERE Abstract Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) are at risk on the battlefield. Thus, human rights lawyers must look for legal means to guarantee the best … Continue reading

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One full year putting human rights in context

It has now been a year since this blog saw the light. On 9 November 2010, we explained the point of this project in these terms: The human rights community must contextualise human rights. This demands the use of the … Continue reading

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Blue Labour: The future of other Socialist Parties in Europe?

A few months ago, the Labour Party embarked on a fundamental and philosophical discussion about its own place in British politics. This debate has a suggestive and provocative name: Blue Labour. As pioneered by Maurice Glasman (Baron Glasman since last … Continue reading

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