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Three of DRI’s partners have recently concluded their respective projects in Paraguay, the Kyrgyz Republic and Cabo Verde as part of our EU-funded programme, ‘Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+’.

Read on to find out how each of them completed their important work on promoting and protecting human and labour rights.

Paraguay: Examining trade, human and labour rights in-depth

The Centre for Analysis and Promotion of the Paraguayan Economy (CADEP) held two events in December last year to mark the culmination of their work, carried out over the previous two years. They have explored trade and human rights in-depth, focusing on issues such as child labour, the broader state of economic, social and cultural rights in the country, the diversification of Paraguay’s economy during and after leaving the GSP+ scheme in January 2019, and case studies that examined how these issues emerge in the rice and sugar sectors.

Among their recommendations to the EU and the Paraguayan government were the creation of national anti-discrimination law, the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, allowing individuals to present complaints of violations at the international level and increased investment in programmes which reduce child labour.

Together CADEP’s reports provide a comprehensive overview of developments and challenges that relate to the basic rights of local communities, economic production, and external trade. These reports can be found here (in Spanish).

CADEP researcher Gustavo Rojas presents during an event in December 2019

Kyrgyzstan: Strengthening labour rights

The Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society presented its findings at a press conference held on January 30. The Coalition and its civil society partners focused on the violations of labour rights for women and children in the Kyrgyz Republic. These same reports were also submitted to the European Union. Recommendations from the reports included the adoption of an action plan to eliminate the worst forms of child labour and a campaign to educate both workers and employers about the right to equal pay, with the involvement of unions, labour inspectors, judges and others.

Prior to this, the Coalition’s project had succeeded in developing a working group with partners in civil society, to whom the Coalition provided training and tools for monitoring and reporting these issues. A national survey conducted by the Coalition in 2019 also revealed that the majority of Kyrgyz people have little knowledge of human and labour rights and the obligations of their government to promote and protect them.

Cabo Verde: Raising awareness and using data to promote human rights

The National Commission for Human Rights and Citizenship (CNDHC) released a study on the knowledge and use of international human rights conventions among judges, magistrates and parliamentarians in Cabo Verde. CNDHC’s organised a national campaign, that was also supported by the UN, to raise awareness and understanding of human rights across the country. This campaign saw the CNDHC engage with schools, prisons, homeless shelters, community centres and national media outlets to ensure this information reached as wide and diverse an audience as possible. These different groups, along with the wider population in Cabo Verde, will now have a greater sense of their rights and the means to realise and protect them.

Participants during a community meeting in September 2019 under CNDHC’s national human rights campaign

Other activities during the project included the creation of a research unit within the CNDHC to make data and analysis available for a range of stakeholders, training workshops for both CNDHC staff and local civil society groups, and a national seminar at which participants from both government and civil society discussed the need to raise awareness of rights among vulnerable groups, as well as the impact of convention implementation on the country’s social and economic development.

 

The work accomplished in Paraguay, Kyrgyzstan and Cabo Verde is part of the EU-funded programme “Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+”, implemented in nine countries by DRI and our local partners since 2017.