United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) passed a resolution on the right to education
On July 2, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) passed Resolution 29/14 on the right to education, including substantially the language we sought on State responsibility to protect higher education from attack. Specifically, the Resolution states at page 4, paragraph 8:
“[The Human Rights Council…] Urges all States to comply with their responsibilities under international law, and also urges them to strengthen the protection of schools and universities, as well as other educational settings, from attacks by reviewing national laws to ensure that attacks on schools and universities are criminalized, where appropriate; investigating attacks on schools and universities, and prosecuting and punishing those responsible, as appropriate; making every effort to collect reliable relevant data with respect to attacks on schools and universities; and providing assistance to victims, on a non-discriminatory basis, towards the full realization of the right to education”
Diya Nijhowne, Director of Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA)
“The inclusion of this language is an important development. Through the Resolution, the Council clearly recognizes for the first time, State responsibilities under existing international legal standards to protect higher education from attack,including to investigate attacks and to hold perpetrators accountable.”
The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) invites all stakeholders to share the Resolution language with your members and networks.
Also, the Coalition is organizing an informal working group to develop practical guidance for States on implementing the Resolution language (which is based on the recommendations on page 7 of the Principles brochure).