Notable Developments

Civil society sue government over absence of sign language interpretation in access to health care

15 August 2017, KAMPALA – Today the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), an NGO committed to advancing social and economic rights in Uganda, together with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) converged on the Constitutional Court to call for an end to discrimination against people with hearing disabilities (hereinafter referred to as deaf) in Uganda’s health system.

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Uganda's Ministry of Education maintains Bridge schools are operating illegally

Communication from the Ministry of Education and Sports to Parliament shows that Bridge International Academies are operating illegally and do not meet the Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards.

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174 organisations worldwide call investors to cease support to American chain of schools Bridge International Academies

174 civil society organisations from around the world have today (1st August 2017), released a statement calling on investors to cease support for Bridge International Academies, a company running over 500 commercial private schools in the Global South with the support of international donors and investors.

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State obligations under the ICESCR in the context of business activities

The Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) submitted comments to the Draft General Comment on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in the context of business activities.

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Press Statement on BIA Judgment Uganda

The 15 organisations endorsing this statement take note of the decision taken by the High Court of Uganda sitting in Kampala on Friday 4th November which confirms that the process followed by the Ugandan Government to decide to close schools run by Bridge International Academies (BIA) was fair and legal.

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OHCHR Joint Submission for Uganda's Universal Periodic Review

Report prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for Uganda's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) November 2016

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Uganda to close the largest chain of commercial private schools over non-respect of basic education standards

The Ugandan Minister of Education and Sports, Hon Janet Museveni, formally announced on Tuesday during a session of the parliament that the Government will soon close the schools operated by the largest and most controversial chain of commercial private schools worldwide, Bridge International Academies (BIA), which runs 63 nursery and primary schools in Uganda. Hon Museveni indicated having based her decision on technical reports from the Ministry that revealed that the schools did not respect national standards, in particular that “material used could not promote teacher pupil interaction” and that “poor hygiene and sanitation […] put the life and safety of the school children in danger”.

 

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The UK’s financial support to low-cost private education in developing countries in contravention of human rights, says again UN experts

In a landmark report, which has just been published, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) expressed its concerns that in some cases the UK’s development aid “has been reportedly used for activities in contravention of economic, social and cultural rights in the receiving countries.” This is the second time within less than a month that UN experts have spoken out on the legality of UK development aid under international law.

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