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The Special Rapporteurship on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (ESCER) of the IACHR call to civil society organizations, the academy, and other interested actors to submit information regarding the situation of the ESCER in the region

October 23, 2019

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Washington, D.C. - The Special Rapporteursip on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (SRESCER) calls for civil society organizations, the academy and other interested actors to submit information regarding the economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights in the region, for the preparation of the Annual Report of the SRESCER for the year 2019, which will be presented to the OAS during 2020 (for consultation, the Annual Report of the SRESCER 2018).

In the fulfilment of its mandate, the SRESCER has identified the existence of some progress, as well great challenges and impacts in relation with ESCER, mainly of people, groups and collectives living in situations of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as those who are in a situation of vulnerability or historical discrimination. Likewise, the SRESCER works in relation with an integral agenda that includes the following themes and rights: poverty and inequality, the right to water and sanitation, food, labor rights, union rights, business and human rights, the right to a healthy environment in its relation to climate change, education, housing, social security, health, the right to care, and cultural rights. As established in the Strategic Map of the SRESCER (2018-2021), the key approaches of the mandate are the following: invisibility, progressiveness, gender, diversity and intersectionality, Development and Human Rights (2030 Agenda), interdisciplinary, human rights education, and anticorruption.

For the Annual Report of 2019, the SRESCER requires special information about such issues and rights, related to the mandate in all 35 Member States of the OAS. The 2019 report seeks to provide a general panorama of the current situation of the ESCER in the region, with particular emphasis in the situation of poverty and inequality in the continent. Therefore, all the information concerning these topics is particularly welcome.

The SRESCER of the IACHR will receive from today until midnight on November 29, 2019 (Washington, D.C. time) the requested information, in the framework of this call, by e-mail at CIDH_DESCA@oas.org . The information can be send in Spanish, English, French, and/or Portuguese. The information to be sent must be concise, objective, with verifiable sources and referring to events that occurred during 2019.

The Special Rapporteurship on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights is an Office specially created to support the IACHR in its work on the promotion and protection of economic, social, cultural and environmental rights throughout the Americas.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

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