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What's New

In Canada:

Court finds that violating the right to life of undocumented migrants by refusing healhcare "consistent with principles of fundamental justice"

Leave to Appeal to Supreme Court Denied in Right of Undocumented Migrants to Life and Healthcare Case

Shocking decision finding healthcare necessary for life can be denied on the basis of immigration status will now be taken to UN Human Rights Committee

Applicant's Memorandum

Letter from Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights


Access to Justice for Those Living in Poverty

Supreme Court Denies Leave in Challenge to Refusal to Waive Fees for Poor People 

Toussaint v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

CCPI Affidavit in Support of Application for Leave to the Supreme Court of Canada

Application for Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada


A National Housing Strategy Based on the Right to Adequate Housing

Bill C-304 model housing strategy legislation was at parliament for third reading with support of the Liberals, NDP and BQ after new Quebec provision added. Reintroduced in the current parliament as Bill C-400.


Ontario Housing Strategy Omits Human Rights

Amendments Rejected to Ontario's Bill 140. See the key right to housing amendments that were proposed by CERA and SRAC and moved by Cheri DiNovo.

See the Letter from Miloon Kothari the previous UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing in support of the amendments.

See SRAC Written Presentationand Oral Presentation

Background

Submissions

Outcome of Vote


Evidence Served in Historic Charter Challenge to Homelessness

A coalition of NGO's, advocates and people who have been homeless has filed a legal challenge to the failure of Governments of Canada and Ontario to adopt effective housing and homelessness strategies, recognizing housing as a right. Expert affidavits now filed. Read More

See the Notice of Application


Internationally:

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural

The Reasonableness Of Article 8(4) – Adjudicating Claims From The Margins,' Nordic Journal of Human Rights (NJHR), Vol. 27, No.1:2009.

Justice Now: Ratify to Protect All Human Rights

Current Count: 8 Ratifications of the OP-ICESCR. Comes into Force after Two More Ratifications

See the list of Signatories and Ratifications of the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR

Toolkit for Action for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4

SRAC Advancing Strategic Litigation of ESCR under the OP-ICESCR. Read More on Strategic Litigation Initiative

See the Background Paper on Strategic Litigation under the OP-ICESCR

Symposium on Enforcement of ESCR Remedies Bogota, Columbia May 6 – 7, 2010,

Bruce Porter Oral Presentations on Enforcement of ESCR Remedies


New Publications

Bruce Porter, The Reasonableness Of Article 8(4) – Adjudicating Claims From The Margins,' Nordic Journal of Human Rights (NJHR), Vol. 27, No.1:2009.

Bruce Porter & Martha Jackman, International Human Rights and Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Canada: Making the Connection, Working Paper, (Huntsville, ON: Social Rights Advocacy Centre, September 2011).

Bruce Porter, “In Defense of “Soft” Remedies (Sometimes): Enforcing Principled Remedies to Systemic Social Rights Claims in Canada” (Paper delivered at the International Symposium on Enforcement of ESCR Judgments, Bogota, Columbia, 6-7 May 2010).

Bruce Porter & Leilani Farha, “Reaffirming Canada’s Commitments to Human Rights”, Poverty and Parliament (Spring 2009).

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