economic and social rights

Rights and Resources: Embedding human rights into corporate tax regimes
The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and CESR invite you to a panel discussion on the occasion of the 2016 Forum on Business and Human Rights.
Uganda's development policies under scrutiny from UN rights body
Press release: Uganda's development policies have come under international scrutiny as the country appeared before the Human Rights Council.
Switzerland in UN hotseat over women's rights impacts of its role as tax haven
Press release: Switzerland faced tough questions from a UN rights body over the toll its tax and financial secrecy policies take on women's rights across the globe.
From Disparity to Dignity: Inequality and the SDGs
Publication: CESR is proud to present a new briefing examining the human rights issues at stake in SDG10.
‘Panama Papers’: when tax abuse is human rights abuse
In the wake of the 'Panama Papers' scandal, the threat to human rights represented by international tax abuse has been thrown into stark relief.
Tackling inequality as injustice: four challenges for the human rights agenda
March 31st, 2016
Human rights can help confront economic inequality, but four key challenges must be overcome, argue CESR's Ignacio Saiz and Gaby Oré Aguilar in openGlobalRights.
SDG targets risk missing the mark on inequality
by Kate Donald
March 8th, 2016
Blog: As the UN Statistical Commission debates final proposals for the SDG indicators, there is serious concern over the absence of a robust measure of inequality.
Switzerland's financial secrecy brought under human rights spotlight
March 1st, 2016
UN submission: A coalition of civil society organizations has called on CEDAW to examine the extra-territorial impacts of Switzerland’s financial legislation on women’s rights.
Transforming fact-finding to realize economic and social rights
by Holly Stubbs
February 23rd, 2016
New book includes a chapter by Allison Corkery, Director of CESR’s Rights Claiming and Accountability Program, on fact-finding methodologies and the multidimensional nature of chronic deprivations.
Indicators of success: how best to measure Agenda 2030
Blog: Four months have now passed since Agenda 2030 was agreed, but the crucial matter of designating indicators to measure progress remains in the balance.
Promising the World: Accountability and the SDGs
by Kate Donald
January 25th, 2016
There is one critical area where the SDGs fall dangerously short – accountability. Read the new blog by Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development Program.
Malaysia: new report on right to education for disabled children has important lessons for government
by Holly Stubbs
January 15th, 2016
The National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia and CESR are working to ensure children with disabilities are not denied their right to education.
2015: the tipping point for inequality?
End-of-year message from CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz: In 2015 important commitments were made to address global inequality, but in 2016 this rhetoric must be translated into action.
Big business and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
by Kate Donald
December 8th, 2015
Blog: If the private sector is to play the central role foreseen for it in Agenda2030, a business-as-usual approach won't suffice.
Inequality: can human rights make a difference?
With extreme inequality one of the defining issues of our time, CESR guest-edits a new openGlobalRights debate exploring the intersection of economic inequality and human rights.
Política Fiscal y Derechos Humanos en las Américas
Informe: Una audiencia temática sobre política fiscal y derechos humanos se desarrollará el próximo 22 de octubre en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos.
Fiscal Policy and Human Rights in the Americas
Thematic hearing: A groundbreaking hearing on fiscal policy and human rights will be held at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights next week in Washington DC.
Defending Dignity: APF-CESR manual for NHRIs on economic and social rights monitoring


Monitoring manual: CESR and the Asia-Pacific Forum present a new manual designed to strengthen the role of National Human Rights Institutions in monitoring ESC rights.
UN adopts Agenda 2030, but will governments follow through?
Statement: CESR responds to Agenda 2030, the new sustainable development goals for the next 15 years adopted by member states at the United Nations.
Agenda 2030: Rights on track?

Statement: As world leaders gather to adopt 'Agenda 2030', the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the new framework.
Taking stock of two decades of economic and social rights advocacy
Publication: Leading figures from the economic and social rights movement come together in a major new CESR publication to take stock of the state of the field.
Strong commitments to human rights survive in final SDG text, despite sordid final compromises
by Kate Donald
August 5th, 2015
Blog: Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Sustainable Development Program, reflects on some tense negotiations and the resulting agreement for post-2015 development.
How can the UPR strengthen economic, social and cultural rights?
by Allison Corkery
July 23rd, 2015
Blog: At a recent side event in Geneva, CESR and its partners examined the Universal Periodic Review's efforts to advance ESC rights.
Reporting back from the Responsible Data Forum on Human Rights Documentation
by Justin Joachimiak
July 16th, 2015
Blog: Participants from the Responsible Data Forum - a major meeting about the role of data and new technologies in human rights documentation - talk to CESR about the lessons they have learned.
Global civil society demands stronger 'Addis Ababa Agenda'
July 14th, 2015
Joint declaration: As world leaders meet in Addis Ababa, over 600 civil society organizations call for a stronger agreement on post-2015 financing for development.
Falling at the last hurdle? Human rights and accountability in the Sustainable Development Goals
by Kate Donald
July 2nd, 2015
Blog: CESR's Kate Donald examines the strengths and weaknesses of the recently released 'zero draft’ document for post-2015 development.
Insuficiente respuesta de España ante el Consejo de DDHH de NNUU en Ginebra
Nota de prensa: El Gobierno español acaba de dar respuesta a las recomendaciones que le fueron realizadas con motivo del Examen Periódico Universal ante el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU.
Spanish government gives inadequate response to UN Human Rights Council recommendations on migrants’ right to health

Press release: As Spain appears before the Human Rights Council, CESR and its partners affirm access to health care is still not guaranteed to migrants in the country.
Human rights in the global partnership for sustainable development: 7 misconceptions
by Niko Lusiani
June 25th, 2015
Blog: Niko Lusiani, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Economic Policy Program, debunks the myths surrounding human rights in a meaningful global partnership for post-2015 sustainable development.
Side event: Engaging the private sector in post‐2015 human rights and accountability
On Thursday 25 June, CESR and its partners will hold a side event at UN headquarters examining the role of the private sector in post-2015 accountability.
National Human Rights Institutions can help ensure post-2015 goals deliver
June 2nd, 2015
Briefing: A new document from CESR and the Danish Institute for Human Rights explains the role National Human Rights Institutions can and must play in post-2015 development.
Responsibilities beyond borders: unlocking the post-2015 stalemate on international cooperation
Briefing: CESR and Third World Network launch a new briefing explaining that human rights can provide a fresh lens on an entrenched stalemate in post-2015 negotiations
Measuring what we treasure: human rights insights for post-2015 development
by CESR
May 15th, 2015
Blog: As governments set about choosing indicators for the post-2015 sustainable development goals, it is crucial that calls for pragmatism don't lead to a lack of ambition.
Construyendo una plataforma para la justicia fiscal a través de los derechos humanos
Tax justice activists and human rights defenders from all over the world came together last week in Peru for a strategy meeting designed to build a platform for future collaboration.
Building the foundation for tax justice through human rights
Tax justice activists and human rights defenders from all over the world came together last week in Peru for a strategy meeting designed to build a platform for future collaboration.
New tools for old problems: closing the accountability gap in Egypt
by Allison Corkery
May 6th, 2015
Blog: Allison Corkery, Director of CESR's Rights Claiming and Accountability Program, on the next phased of our ongoing collaboration with Egyptian human rights defenders.
'The global partnership for development': tackling the accountability deficit
by Kate Donald
April 23rd, 2015
Blog: CESR's Kate Donald analyses what's needed for a truly transformative post-2015 partnership, and presents the new briefing 'Universal Rights, Differentiated Responsibilities'.
Why the Sustainable Development Goals are more than just good intentions
This statement has been released by the Beyond-2015 coalition, of which CESR is a member, in reponse to two articles published by The Economist on 28 March 2015.
Women’s rights and revenues: why we can’t achieve gender equality without fiscal justice
by Kate Donald
March 26th, 2015
Blog: While it is widely accepted that taxation plays a key role in determining income inequality, we are seeing more and more that it dramatically impacts women's equality and human rights as well.
Nothing new on the Nile
Op-ed: As Egypt hosts a major investment conference, CESR's Allison Corkery and ECESR's Heba Khalil warn of the dangers of pursuing the same failed development model of the past.
Spain’s austerity criticized again in UN human rights review
Spain’s failure to protect economic and social rights in times of economic crisis has come under stern criticism from other states at the Universal Periodic Review.
As states gear up for the post-2015 negotiations, CESR asks 'Who’s afraid of accountability?'
UN presentation: CESR's Kate Donald recently spoke at a UN forum, challenging states on their aversion to accountability for development commitments.
Spain under scrutiny at United Nations
Press release: On January 21 the Spanish government will be held to account for its human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review
Spain: Austerity driving poverty, growing inequality and human rights deterioration
Factsheet: As Spain appears before the UN Universal Periodic Review, a new CESR factsheet illustrates how austerity is driving severe violations of a variety of economic and social rights.
2015: a seminal year for integrating human rights and sustainable development?
Joint statement: The Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus assesses the good and the not-so-good in the UN Secretary General's 'Synthesis Report on post-2015 development'.
Egypt to answer to UN for deteriorating human rights conditions
Press release: Egypt comes before the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review mechanism amid worsening deprivation and a crackdown on civil society space in the country.
Egypt: Widespread rights retrogression exposed before UPR
Briefing papers: New series of factsheets highlights economic and social rights situation in Egypt before the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review.
The post-2015 agenda won't deliver without human rights at the core
The open letter reproduced here has been sent to the Incoming President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, H.E. Sam Kutesa, by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus.
SDGs merely dead letters without fiscal justice and human rights
by Niko Lusiani
September 10th, 2014
Blog: Unless governments agree to concrete tax and budgetary commitments which ensure robust, equitable and accountable fiscal foundations for sustainable development, the SDGs are likely to fail.
Human rights 'non-negotiable' on post-2015 agenda, says global civil society
by Luke Holland
August 31st, 2014
Blog: Thousands of civil society organizations gathered at the UN headquarters have issued a strong call for human rights to be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.
CESR joins CELS in challenging human rights impacts of vulture funds
This joint statement, coordinated by CELS in Argentina, has been issued in response to the US Supreme Court decision on Argentina's sovereign debt.
Will High-Level Forum rise to accountability challenge?
by Luke Holland
July 7th, 2014
Blog: The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals is tackling one of the most crucial, and controvesial, issues in post-2015 development negotiations - accountability.
Will post-2015 development proposals meet the Human Rights Litmus Test?
June 10th, 2014
CESR's Niko Lusiani addresses the UN, setting out the criteria of a 'Human Rights Litmus Test' for post-2015 sustainable development proposals.
European rights chief warns of austerity's 'lost generation'
by Luke Holland
June 5th, 2014
Blog: Drawing on a recently-published issue paper commissioned from CESR, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls for young people's rights to be restored.
Human Rights for All Post-2015: A Litmus Test
Please give your organization's backing to the 'Human Rights for All Post-2015 Litmus Test', a new tool to evaluate proposals for the post-2015 development framework.
OPERA in the Occupied Territories
by Luke Holland
May 30th, 2014
Blog: CESR is working closely with Palestine's Independent Commission on Human Rights to support its efforts protect economic and social rights.
Egypt must stop penalizing the poor
Op-ed: Writing in Foreign Policy, CESR's Allison Corkery and the ECESR's Heba Khalil unpack the economic and social rights issues at stake in Egypt's elections.
Civil society rallies to prevent privatization of post-2015 process
Blog: The private sector is threatening to drown out civil society's demands for a human rights-based sustainable development framework.
130 organizations join forces at UN to confront Egypt’s human rights crisis
Press Release: As presidential elections draw near in Egypt, a large coalition is taking the country to task before the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review.
New Zealand earthquake recovery: empowering people to claim their rights
January 29th, 2014
Report: A new report from the New Zealand Human Rights Commission - the fruit of a collaboration with CESR - analyses the human rights issues at stake in the Canterbury earthquake recovery.
CESR pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
by Geoff Budlender
December 7th, 2013
Blog: CESR Board member Geoff Budlender, who served as Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs during Nelson Mandela's presidency, pays tribute to the late South African leader.