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FIDH and Inclusion Europe v. Belgium: Chronicle of a Conviction Foretold

On 3 February 2021 the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) publicized its decision in International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Inclusion Europe v. Belgium. The decision followed a collective complaint by two organisations alleging a violation of Belgium’s obligations under the European Social Charter and is the latest in a series of ECSR-decisions on state obligations concerning the right to education of children with intellectual disabilities. As in its most recent decision pre-dating this decision, MDAC v. Belgium, the Committee found Belgium to be in violation both of its obligation not to discriminate against children with intellectual disabilities and of its obligation to ensure accessible inclusive education. A decision that should not have surprised anyone as it builds heavily on prior case law, according to Marie Spinoy and Kurt Willems, and that further confirms the benchmark status of the UN CRPD (framework) in this area. The decision also highlights once again the inherent yet complicated link between equality and inclusive education. Where the prior case of MDAC…

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Repatriating the Children of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights

UPDATE: The CRC admissibility decision referred to in the post is no longer publicly available via ODS. I am unsure as to why that’s the case. Readers can find it here. Now that we have all (sort of) recovered from the US elections, back to our regular programming: last week the UN Committee on…

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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…

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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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