Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
14 April 2014
Today, 14 April 2014, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure has entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries: Albania, Bolivia, Gabon, Germany, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Slovakia and Costa Rica.The new Protocol enables children and their representatives to submit complaints to the Committee on... Read more
1 April 2014
In Limpopo, a poor rural province in northern South Africa, there is a ongoing education crisis. Many schools do not have access to key components of the right to basic education, such as toilets, drinking water, desks, paper, chalk and even classrooms, to ensure a conducive learning environment.Two years ago, a case was brought to court for the non-delivery of textbooks in Limpopo's schools.... Read more
25 March 2014
Human Rights Watch has just published a new report on Senegal's Quranic Schools where children live in unsafe conditions or are exploited by teachers, who force them to beg and inflict severe punishment when the boys fail to return a set quota of money.The  report, Exploitation in the Name of Education: Uneven Progress in Ending Forced Child Begging in Senegal, examines Senegal’s mixed record in... Read more
21 March 2014
Human Rights Watch alarms about Iraq's new draft Law that would allow girls to be married from age nine, which would have negative impacts on girls' right to education. The current law sets legal age for marriage at 18, but allows for a judge to permits girls as young as 15 to be married in "urgent" case.The rates of early marriage of girls had risen drastically in Iraq in the previous decade. In... Read more
A 14-year-old girl holds her baby at her sister’s home in a village in Kanduku, in Malawi’s Mwanza district. She married in September 2013, but her husband chased her away. Her 15-year-old sister, in the background, married when she was 12. Both sisters s
7 March 2014
Human Rights Watch releases today a report on child marriage in Malawi, ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.The report, I’ve Never Experienced Happiness’: Child Marriage in Malawi, documents how child marriage prevents girls and women from participating in all spheres of life. It also highlights how the practice violates the right to education. Indeed, child marriage often interrupts... Read more
24 February 2014
As education is subject to increasing privatisation, a human rights analysis of the processes and impacts has remained largely neglected. The Right to Education Project publishes a new report - Privatisation of Education: Global Trends of Human Rights Impacts, together with a factsheet and a training module, to increase awareness of the issues surrounding the privatisation of education, from a... Read more
Classroom in Morocco
31 January 2014
Privatization of education in Morocco breaches human rights says the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in a recent report submitted to the Committee on the Rights of the Child.According to the report, the increasing privatization of education in Morocco is accompanied by a widening gap in access to quality education and inequalities between the most advantaged and the... Read more
A young student poses in the classroom, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
31 January 2014
The Centre for Disability Law and Policy (NUI Galway), in association with the Institute for Human Rights and Critical Studies (KU Leuven) organise a conference on Article 24, UNCRPD is this a Brown v Board of Education moment? on 22 February 2014 in Galway, Ireland.This Conference is dedicated to understanding Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and looks at... Read more
Tunisian Constituent Assembly
28 January 2014
On 26th of January 2014, Tunisia adopted a new Constitution that guarantees the right to education in articles 38 and 46. This is an important step because the 1959 Constitution did not guarantee the right to education.According to Article 38, education is compulsory until 16. The State guarantees the right to public and free education at all levels and provides the necessary means to achieve... Read more
18 January 2014
A constitutional referendum was held in Egypt on 14 and 15 January 2014 and a new constitution was approved, which contains more detail on socio-economic rights, including education.The new Constitution guarantees the right to education (Article 19) as well as related rights, such as the right to technical and professional training (Article 20), academic independence (Article 21), teachers’... Read more

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