income inequality

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 should answer for women’s rights impacts of its role as tax haven
Press release: A key UN human rights body hears evidence that Switzerland’s opaque financial system is undermining women’s rights around the world.
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.
Redistributing unpaid care work: why tax matters for women’s rights

Briefing: A new policy briefing produced by the Institute for Development Studies and CESR outlines why it is so important to consider women’s human rights and unpaid care work when designing tax policies
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.
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.
From the margins to the center: Fiscal policy and human rights in the Americas
Thematic hearing: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has for the first time played host to a thematic hearing specifically focused on fiscal policy and human rights.
De los Márgenes al Centro: La Política Fiscal y los Derechos Humanos en las Américas
Por primera vez una audiencia temática ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos tuvo como centro de atención la política fiscal y su impacto sobre los derechos humanos.
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.
The Measure of Progress: how human rights should inform the SDG indicators
Briefing: As the dust settles on the UN Sustainable Development Summit, a new CESR briefing explores how human rights should inform the selection of SDG indicators that are currently being debated.
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.
Política Fiscal y Derechos Humanos en las Américas
Invitación: Una audiencia temática ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos proveerá evidencia sobre la forma en que la política fiscal afecta los derechos humanos.
Fiscal Policy and Human Rights in the Americas
Invitation: CESR invites you to a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights examining the relationship between fiscal policy and human rights.
Paradigm Shift or Lost Opportunity?
Invitation: CESR invites you to panel event bringing together leading figures to reflect critically on the progress made in securing human rights in Agenda 2030.
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.
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.
Endorse the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights
June 19th, 2015
Joint declaration: The Global Week of Action for Tax Justice has culminated in the release of the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights.
Breaking the accountability taboo in sustainable development negotiations
by Kate Donald
June 2nd, 2015
Blog: Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development program, reflects on recent dynamics in the post-2015 talks.
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.
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.
Measuring what we treasure: exploring how human rights should inform the post-2015 indicators
Side event: On Monday 23 March, CESR together with its partners in the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus will hold a timely debate about how to measure the SDGs and accompanying targets.
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.
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'.
The ‘data revolution’: of the people, for the people?
by Kate Donald
November 24th, 2014
Blog: The provision of comprehensive, quality data is essential to rights-based development, but the much-vaunted 'data revolution' must also be empowering and people-centered.
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.
From Rhetoric to Remedy: human rights in the struggle against poverty
Panel discussion: CESR and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) invite you to a panel discussion on the role of human rights in combatting poverty.
España: Fortaleciendo la acción conjunta para proteger la salud de los inmigrantes en situación irregular
Pronunciamiento conjunto: Amnistía Internacional, CESR, Médicos del Mundo y Red ACOGE han emitido un pronunciamiento denunciando el incumplimiento de España de sus obligaciones de derechos humanos.

Spain: Strengthening joint action to protect the right to health of undocumented migrants
Joint statement: Amnesty International, CESR, Medicos del Mundo and Red Acoge have issued a joint statement denouncing Spain’s non-compliance with its human rights obligations.
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.
Only an economic revolution can defuse the global inequality timebomb
Op-ed: Writing in the Guardian Development Blog, CESR's Nicholas Lusiani and Christian Aid's Helen Dennis explain the need for a fiscal revolution in development financing.
UN Financing Committee hears call for post-2015 fiscal revolution
by Luke Holland
May 14th, 2014
Blog: CESR has urged the UN Committee tasked with devising a post-2015 development financing strategy to tackle the fiscal injustices undermining sustainable development and human rights.
OWG inches closer to human rights for all post-2015, but still a long road ahead
Joint statement: A coalition of organizations calls on the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to make sure the call for human rights is properly reflected in their deliberations.
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.
Austerity ‘undermining human rights’, says Council of Europe Commissioner
December 5th, 2013
Publication: A new Council of Europe Issue Paper, commissioned from CESR, assesses the human rights impacts of austerity measures and sets out an agenda for change.
Egypt's rights record found wanting at UN
Press release: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has firmly criticised Egypt's failure to address the social injustices and marked inequality that fuelled the 2011 revolution.
Rights in recession: a framework for human rights-centered economic policies
On 29 November 2011, CESR Senior Researcher Nicholas Lusiani delivered a presentation at Unicef's New York headquarters on the potential for human rights norms to inform economic policies, thereby contributing to a more just society. To access the presentation in pdf format, click on the title above.
Egypt: Economic and Social Disparities Underlie Calls for Change
by Victoria Wisniewski, Ignacio Saiz and Kevin Donegan
February 4th, 2011
Disparities between youth and adults, and between men and women, especially in health, education, labor and an adequate standard of living, reveal much.
Health Inequality: A Challenge for Rich and Poor Countries Alike
by Maria Jose Eva and Victoria Wisniewski Otero
July 28th, 2010
Study finds gap in life expectancy between richest and poorest quintiles in the United Kingdom is wider now than during the Great Depression.
Tackling Income Inequality in the United States through Financial Literacy Programs
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
July 6th, 2010
The income gap between whites and blacks more than quadrupled between 1984 and 2007, and a quarter of black families have no assets at all.