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Rude Awakening for over 20,000 Residents of Kibera in Kenya

Victoria Miyandazi and Muriuki Muriungi - 30th August 2018

On Monday, 23 July 2018, over 20,000 residents of Kibera slum in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi woke up to the rude awakening of their forced eviction from a place they had called home for years and the demolition of their homes, businesses and schools. The evictions were done by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) […]

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Release of landmark report into the education of students with disability in Victoria, Australia

Claire Spivakovsky and Eleanor Jenkin - 2nd August 2018

Around one in every six students in the Australian state of Victoria lives and learns with disability. On 29 June 2018 the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University released a landmark report into the educational experiences and outcomes of these students within mainstream government schools. Under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights […]

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Governance Gaps Lead to the Displacement of People Living in Rural Communities in Zambia

Mwai Daka - 4th July 2018

In Zambia, gaps in governance are allowing commercial farmers to contravene the law. This has resulted in the physical displacement and dispossession of native rural communities as well as the decline in subsistence farming relied on by poor households for survival. Recently, the Food First International and Action Network raised concerns over the financing of the […]

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New Legislation Promoting the Right to Health in Karnataka, India

Jehosh Paul - 29th June 2018

After a long standoff between private doctors and the Government of Karnataka, India, The Karnataka Medical Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed to amend The Karnataka Medical Establishment Act, 2007 which had failed to secure the right to healthcare. The private healthcare sector in Karnataka lacked any regulation to ensure the minimum standards required of […]

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Litigating for the Right to Education in the United States: Part 2

Michael Rebell - 19th September 2017

In yesterday’s blog post, I reviewed US right to education litigation at the federal level, and at the state level in New York and New Mexico. In this post, I will consider litigation that has taken place in Kansas, Washington and North Carolina. Kansas Issuing its fourth decision since 2014 in Gannon v State, the Kansas Supreme […]

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Litigating for the Right to Education in the United States: Part 1

Michael Rebell - 18th September 2017

Although the U.S. Supreme Court held in 1973 that there is no right to education in the federal constitution, over the past 40 years, dozens of state courts have ruled that there is a right to education under their state constitutions. There has, in fact, been litigation in 45 of the 50 states and plaintiffs […]

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Menstruation, the Right to Education and India’s Positive Obligations

Sanjana Srikumar - 12th September 2017

The link between menstruation and the goals of gender justice is a complicated one- whether it is the debate surrounding the controversial first-day-of-period leave introduced by some offices or challenges to the taxation regimes of menstrual hygiene products in 2 separate petitions before the Bombay and Delhi High Courts respectively. Most recently, a 2-judge bench […]

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U.S. Senate Unveils Health Care Bill Designed to Dismantle the ACA

Jennifer Oliva - 29th June 2017

On May 4, 2017, the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 (“AHCA”) in an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare”).  According to the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”), the AHCA will result in the loss of health care insurance for […]

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Balancing the Scales in Eviction Cases in South Africa: A Note on Occupiers of erven 87 & 88 Berea v Christiaan Frederick De Wet

Nomfundo Ramalekana - 28th June 2017

In a landmark judgement by the South African Constitutional Court, Occupiers of erven 87 & 88 Berea v Christiaan Frederick De Wet, the Court found that eviction orders that will lead to homelessness are unjust and inequitable, and accordingly, unconstitutional. This applies even in cases where there is an eviction agreement. Among the most vulnerable […]

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The Sorry State of Education in India

Ananye Krishna - 22nd June 2017

Lack of education is a fundamental problem in India, and the state of the Indian government schools is a clear illustration of this. Education is a constitutional right in India, but its provision falls well below an adequate standard. This post will look at the poor state of public schools in India.  The Government of […]

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