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Read the latest reflections and insights about human rights and the economy, written by our team and partners around the world.

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Blog | February 25, 2020
Spain: From Laggard to Leader on Social Rights?

Devastating findings of UN poverty expert’s recent visit to Spain put the new government’s commitments on social rights to the test.

Blog, Video | February 18, 2020
Fiscal Policy, Inequality and Human Rights in Peru

Peru's success story in terms of growth and poverty reduction requires a more nuanced evaluation, given persistent inequalities and the government's failure to guarantee social rights and ensure sustainable growth through sound fiscal practices. This short video offers two compelling examples of unjustified rights deprivations caused by the country's unfair fiscal and budgetary policies: the setbacks in bilingual intercultural education policy and the lack of adequate funding for cancer policies.

Blog | January 28, 2020
What Place for Human Rights in the Growing Movement against Inequality?

How can human rights tools and approaches help amplify the efforts and experiences of those who face inequality on a daily basis?

Blog | January 17, 2020
CESR Asked for Feedback to Inform Its New Strategy: This is What We Heard

CESR is grateful for survey responses from more than 30 partners and allies helping us drill down on key questions to answer as we design our next organizational strategy.

Blog | November 8, 2019
Human Rights and the Global Protests: Addressing Systems as well as Symptoms

Human rights advocates should be as concerned with the economic injustices giving rise to recent worldwide demonstrations as with the repressive responses to them.

Blog | November 5, 2019
An Invitation to Help Shape CESR's New Strategy

As CESR develops its next strategic plan, Executive Director Ignacio Saiz asks for feedback to help us position ourselves for greater impact on the critical issues that inform our organizational vision.

Blog, Video | October 3, 2019
Fiscal Policy and the Rights of Indigenous and Afro-descendant Peoples

Video from workshop in Bogotá bringing together Indigenous and Afro-descendant leaders from Peru and Colombia to discuss the links between unjust fiscal policies, extractive industries, and the rights and wellbeing of these communities..

Blog | September 20, 2019
Striking at the Roots of the Climate Crisis

The climate crisis is also a human rights crisis that requires a courageous, informed and robust response from the human rights community.

Blog | July 26, 2019
Technocratic Fiddling While the Planet Burns: Towards a Higher Level of Ambition for the HLPF

The 2019 HLPF had admirable rhetoric, but not much evidence of serious efforts at comprehensive implementation, and a host of major flaws and limitations to contend with.

Blog | June 4, 2019
Linking Fiscal and Environmental Justice Agendas in the Andean Region

Environmental, socioeconomic and fiscal injustices in the Andean Region mutually reinforce each other, disproportionally affecting the rights and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples and Afro-descendant communities.

Blog | April 22, 2019
The State of Tax in Latin America: Massive Evasion and Avoidance Block Human Rights and Development

States are obligated to mobilize their maximum available resources to progressively advance rights and reduce disparities between the wealthy and the most disadvantaged.

Blog | January 24, 2019
Legacies of apartheid: South African austerity perpetuates the inequalities of decades past

The South African government’s  adoption of austerity measures now perpetuates many of the same inequalities that apartheid upheld many years ago.

Blog | December 20, 2018
Milestones and tipping points

As 2018 ends, Executive Director Ignacio Saiz discusses the 70th anniversary of the UDHR and the 25th anniversary of CESR, both celebrated this year, as well as CESR's work supporting the UDHR's agenda of social and economic justice.

Blog | December 20, 2018
Snapshots from a Lost Decade for human rights: Ten years since the financial crisis

Slideshow illustrates the impacts of CESR's collaborative work monitoring austerity policies and other effects of the 2008 financial crisis.

Blog | October 24, 2018
When human rights triumph over austerity: Spain restores universal health care

Spain’s new government ends the exclusion of undocumented migrants from health care, an austerity measure adopted by the former government.

Blog | September 27, 2018
Argentina: the latest IMF austerity package belies Lagarde’s lip service to human rights

A World Leader Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation for IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde is at odds with the IMF's role in promoting austerity packages around the world.

Blog | August 22, 2018
Death by a million cuts: what future for the right to health in Italy?

Since 2012, Italian austerity policies have slashed public health spending by billions of euros, threatening accessibility and widening health inequalities. Are there alternatives?

Blog | August 20, 2018
Rights and resources: fostering governments' compliance with human rights

Governments can realize maximum available resources by referencing current distributional debates and establishing hard law solutions via the international human rights ecosystem.

Blog | August 6, 2018
OPERA House Survey Results: A diverse set of users with a diverse set of needs

OPERA House partner survey results have given us a clearer picture of who is using OPERA, CESR's ESC rights monitoring framework, and how it is being used.

Blog | July 30, 2018
Five key takeaways from the 2018 High Level Political Forum

Valuable information competes with State propaganda and sectoral bubbles while civil society gets sidelined.

Blog | July 30, 2018
Tax abuse leads to human rights abuse

Policy-makers have played Jenga with the broken international corporate tax system for some time. It’s time to build a new foundation for effective taxation of multinationals.

Blog | July 20, 2018
OPERA Stories: Using the framework to map community concerns in Scotland

Alison Hosie discusses how OPERA allowed the Scottish Human Rights Commission's diverse group of workshop participants to approach socioeconomic issues from a more human rights-based analytical perspective.

Blog | July 12, 2018
OPERA Stories: Using metrics to reframe “progress” in Egypt

Heba Khalil is a longstanding collaborator with CESR, most recently on the Egypt Social Progress Indicators. She is a PhD student at the University of Illinois and a researcher with the Social Justice Platform (SJP).

Blog | July 3, 2018
OPERA Stories: Giving indicators and benchmarks a human face in the UK

Koldo Casla and Imogen Richmond-Bishop discuss using OPERA in a national human rights context and the importance of a human element in rights advocacy work.

Blog | June 22, 2018
OPERA Stories: Advancing rights implementation in Kenya

This first blog in our “OPERA Stories” series highlights NGO Hakijamii's use of OPERA, our analytic framework, to support rights-claiming in Kenya.

Blog | June 21, 2018
Overturning Austerity: Spain reestablishes universal access to healthcare

A sustained and coordinated fight by Spanish civil society and CESR obtained a promise from the new government to repeal a decree that deprived nearly one million the right to health.

Blog | June 8, 2018
Egypt: New rights-based metric measures social and development progress

A new metric, developed jointly by CESR and its partners in Egypt, offers a more multidimensional view of the socioeconomic situation in Egypt and its human impacts.

Blog | June 7, 2018
UN poverty expert urges the U.S. to “get real about taxes”

U.N. poverty expert Philip Alston's report on U.S. poverty reflects CESR concerns about effects of tax cuts on human rights and inequality.

Blog | May 17, 2018
Rights in an Age of Austerity: Encouraging Fiscal Alternatives at the IMF

This spring, CESR challenged the IMF to stop supporting harmful fiscal consolidation measures, as in Brazil, Peru, Spain and Egypt,

Blog | May 17, 2018
Human rights must rise to the challenge of growing inequality, not retreat in defeat

The challenges economic inequality poses for human rights are not the death knell for the movement but a wake-up call for a more holistic approach.

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