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ERI Seeks Action Following UPR of the United Kingdom

  In a statement to the Human Rights Council on the occasion of the adoption of the UPR Report for the United Kingdom, ERI again raised the plight of asylum seekers whose claims are rejected. The statement acknowledged that while so called Section 4 support, is in principle available to failed asylum seekers unable to […]

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Colaiste Muire Students Celebrate Earth Hour

The dining assembly of Colaiste Muire, Cobh was a hive of activity on Friday the 30th March from 1-2. There was a sense of anticipation and excitement as the lights were dimmed, electricity was unplugged and Mrs Bilginer and Miss Ormond addressed the crowd. The community of Colaiste Muire, Cobh decided to present an ’Unplugged […]

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The Best Interest of the Child – Australia’s Challenge

Afghan refugee children Photo UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The Committee on the Rights on the Child held its 60th session in Geneva May 20 – June 15.  The Australia Government reported against the Convention on the Rights of the Child on June 4 & 5 and was open to question by the Committee.  Edmund Rice International […]

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ERI Submission for UPR of Ireland

  Universal Periodic Review Ireland Submission by Edmund Rice International on behalf of the Edmund Rice Network for the 12th Session of the UPR Working Group, 3rd-14th Oct 2011     I. Introduction 1. The Edmund Rice Network is a loosely affiliated grouping of Education Centres, Schools and non-profit organisations associated with the Christian Brothers […]

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Informal Schools in Nairobi

Free primary education (FPE) was introduced in Kenya in 2003 resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of children enrolled in schools. The influx of additional pupils has impacted negatively on the quality of education provided – for example overcrowded classrooms, lack of teachers and inadequate infrastructure but nevertheless many children still do not […]

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Three Baby Magpies

Despite the chilly rain, spring struggles on, here in France, and the pair of magpies nesting in the pine tree over the back fence finally saw their three offspring launched from the nest this week. I watched them during breakfast as they flopped about in the neighbouring birch, misjudging distances, pecking optimistically at trembling leaves, […]

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