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COVID-19, the right to education and Bangladesh

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in a paradigm shift in the understanding of human rights jurisprudence. Like many other human rights, the right to education is now continuously being rethought and renegotiated within the constant pulls of statist economic priorities and public health emergencies. In the context of Bangladesh, these pulls are rather strong. The pandemic has penetrated the thin veneers of ‘economic constraints’ and ‘progressive realisation’ that the country always hid behind. It is the pre-pandemic priorities, manifested through the rights-enforcement and budgetary frameworks, which are now defining the vulnerability of the country in terms of protecting the citizens’ right to education, among other rights, at present. The responses to COVID-19 pandemic in the education sector are failing to be an equaliser and, for the reasons set out below, are not compliant with the country’s international human rights obligations.

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African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Delivers Landmark Ruling on Women’s Rights and the Rights of the Child in Mali

Introduction On 11 May 2018 the African Court on Human and People’s Rights (‘the Court’) issued its ruling in the case of Association Pour le Progrès et la Défense des Droits des Femmes Maliennes (APDF) and the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) v Mali. This is the first judgment of the…

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International Migration: Shared Commitment to Children’s Rights and Protection

On 17 November 2017, the Committee on the Rights of Child (CRC Committee) together with the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW Committee) published not one but two joint General Comments (JGCs) on the human rights of children in the context of international migration. This was a…

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A Response: The Child in International Refugee Law

I am grateful to each of the participants for engaging with The Child in International Refugee Law in such a thoughtful way. As all four contributions have identified, the central thesis of The Child in International Refugee Law is that the the Convention on the Rights of the Child (“CRC”) has a critical role…

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Review: Jason Pobjoy’s Book, The Child in International Refugee Law

Jason Pobjoy’s newly released book, The Child in International Refugee Law, represents a major contribution not only to the advancement of protection claims of children, but to refugee law more broadly, taking its place among such seminal works as J. Hathaway and M. Foster’s, The Law of Refugee Status (2d Edition 2014) and G.Goodwin-Gill and J.McAdam’s The Refugee…

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