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The UK government cannot reconcile austerity measures with human rights

Authors: Jamie Burton, Alice Donald and Koldo Casla This article was published in Open Global Rights (Open Democracy) A UN Committee of independent experts recently issued a harshly worded report on the extent to which public authorities have been complying with … Continue reading

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Dear fellow jurists, human rights are about politics, and that’s perfectly fine

For decades, the global human rights community has seen human rights as a matter of law, mostly international law. Economic, social and cultural rights, however, are meant to be progressively realized making use of all available resources. The violations approach … Continue reading

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Right to housing in Spain: What have the Romans ever done for us?

Should we say thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands? I must admit we were not sure how to start the report Evicted Rights: Right to Housing and Mortgage Evictions in Spain, published by Amnesty International – Spain on … Continue reading

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The Greek tragedy proves that Europe does not believe in economic and social rights as a matter of justice

Early this morning, the President of the EU Council has announced that a deal had been reached. After one referendum and a collection of ultimatums, Grexit is out of the question, for now. The details of the agreement remain unspecified … Continue reading

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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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