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The Senedd in Cardiff, the House of Lords in London, and online via Zoom.

Our small team had a busy week launching our new report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ (UNCESCR) in English and Welsh, as well as a companion guide to provide some background to the whole review process.[1]

Earlier in January, we’d already submitted the report to UNCESCR, but now it was time to launch it publicly. To mark the launch, the report’s author Kate Ewing wrote an overview of the key findings, as well as the approach we took to the evidence gathering and writing process.

A letter from our Director, Jess McQuail, calling for our economic, social and cultural rights to be enshrined in UK domestic law appeared in the Guardian and Each Other covered the report in this article.

The launch events

We held 3 launch events for the report including an:

  • online launch event via Zoom on Monday 16 January (see the recording here),
  •  in person launch in the House of Lords on 17 January, sponsored by Baroness Campbell of Surbiton and Baroness Lister of Burtersett.
  •  in person launch in the Senedd in Cardiff on 19 January, sponsored by Sioned Williams MS.

During our launch events we heard from an incredible range of speakers who had taken part in the creation of our report including:

The events were chaired by Just Fair’s Director, Jess McQuail and we enjoyed excellent closing remarks from a range of speakers including Just Fair’s Chair, Jamie Burton KC and members of the project Steering Group Allan Hogarth (Amnesty International UK) and Ele Hicks (Diverse Cymru).

Each of our speakers provided strong and tangible evidence about the ways in which people in their communities are being failed by the state, experiences of inequalities and of current laws failing to ensure people across England and Wales are leading lives of freedom and dignity.  All of which they had included in the evidence they submitted for the report.

What next?

As we now turn our minds to the next stage in the CESCR review process – the Pre-sessional Working Group, we’re inviting groups to meet with us to discuss how they can continue to be part of this journey of holding the UK and Welsh Governments to account, and how we can support groups to continue to build the skills, knowledge, and confidence among civil society groups to use everyday human rights – economic, social and cultural rights – in their campaigning and advocacy.

Sign up to our civil society meetings:

Tuesday 21 February 10:00-11:30

Thursday 23 February 13:30-15:00

 

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[1] We’re also busily working away with partners to produce an Easy Read version – sign up to our mailing list to receive it directly to your inbox when ready.

 

Background image by Maria Krusteva