The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education presents its report to the Human Rights Council

The 31st of May, the Interactive
Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Mr. Kishore
Singh, was held during the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council
(item 3).

The report of Mr. Singh focused on the justiciability
of the Right to Education which aims to identify different ways to enforce this
right through the establishment of judicial and quasi-judicial mechanisms at
the national and international level. In fact, he stressed how the improvement
of access to justice for all victims of violations of the right to education
should be considered a priority by Member States. He paid special attention to
the access to education for vulnerable and marginalized groups as well as the
need to progressively improve quality of education and equality of opportunity
in education. The importance of partnerships with civil society actors and the
media was also highlighted.

Afterwards, Mr. Singh spoke about his visits in
Ecuador and in Tunisia, referring
to the progress made in these countries toward the full implementation of the
right to education. On the other hand, he addressed several recommendations
regarding disparities in education for indigenous people or between girls and
boys. The need of training for teachers also remains a key issue to be
addressed. Tunisia
answered the Special Rapporteur that in spite of the delicate democratic
transition currently experienced in the country, they are trying to ensure education
and employability in compliance with human rights obligations. At the end of
the debate, NGOs took the floor according to the protocol. IIMA, on behalf of 12
NGOs, delivered an oral statement focused on the importance of the
justiciability of the right to education, affirming that The judicial enforcement of human rights is
fundamental. A right without a remedy is no right at all. Ensuring the right to
education for all through a human rights-based approach is a prerequisite for
national development and for the prevention of all human rights violations. The
judicial enforcement of the right to education is essential in all countries.”
In his conclusions, Mr. Singh encouraged States
to include the justiciability of the right to education
in the Agenda post 2015.