On October 20, 2021, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published its findings on Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kuwait, and Nicaragua. According to a UN press release, the findings include aspects of the respective states’ implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Convention). The CESCR, in its concluding observations on Azerbaijan, welcomes the adoption of the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and makes various recommendations to Azerbaijan, including removing unduly restrictions on NGOs, ensuring an independent and impartial judiciary, investigating corruption, and addressing gender-based violence.
In its concluding observations on Bolivia (in Spanish only), CESCR welcomes creation of SIPLUS, and the adoption of the Political Constitution of the State. Its recommendations to Bolivia include adopting measures to protect indigenous languages, increasing efforts to reduce maternal mortality, and effectively investigating violence against women.
In its concluding observations on Bosnia and Herzegovina, CESCR welcomes the adoption of the Amendments to the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination, the Law on Asylum, and the Law on Foreigners. Its recommendations to Bosnia and Herzegovina includes ensuring proper implementation of the Convention, improving data-collection systems, addressing discrimination against Roma, and increasing the minimum wage.
In its concluding observations on Kuwait, welcomes the progress in labor rights, and protections against domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace. The Committee’s recommendations to Kuwait include taking concreate measures to deal with climate change, addressing discrimination against Bidouns, and ensuring equality between men and women.
Finally, in its concluding observations on Nicaragua (in Spanish only), the CESCR welcomes the measures taken to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and people of African descent. CESCR’s recommendations to Nicaragua include developing a social security system that guarantees universal social protection coverage, and improving the quality of teaching by increasing the number of qualified teachers.