United States

News and Events | December 4, 2019
Going Against the Grain: Human Rights and Working for Change

The Going Against the Grain conference focused on local grassroots initiatives that use human rights as a practical tool to actively take on vested interests and advance economic democracy.

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.

News and Events | February 27, 2018
Tax Justice Network's U.S. tax reform podcast: The killing of the American Dream

27 February: Niko Lusiani discusses the link between U.S. tax reforms and human rights deprivations on Tax Justice Network's latest podcast.

News and Events | January 12, 2018
Kathryn Sikkink book cites CESR's call for a "tax policy for human rights"

Media:  Human rights expert writes that CESR stands out when citing tax havens as a drain on available resources that could provide adequate economic and social rights.

Blog | December 22, 2017
USA: Extreme poverty and inequality in a land of plenty

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights undertook a revealing fact-finding mission to the USA.

News and Events | December 13, 2017
U.S. Tax Plan’s Spiraling Consequences for Human Rights and Poverty – At Home and Abroad

Media: CESR's Niko Lusiani writes in FACTCoalition about CESR bringing the human rights costs of the proposed U.S. tax cuts to the attention of leading UN human rights official Philip Alston now investigating poverty in the country.

Blog | December 13, 2017
U.S. Tax Plan’s Spiraling Consequences for Human Rights and Poverty – At Home and Abroad

CESR's Niko Lusiani writes in FACTCoalition about CESR bringing the human rights costs of the proposed U.S. tax cuts to the attention of leading UN human rights official Philip Alston now investigating poverty in the country.

News and Events | December 6, 2017
CESR raises concerns about US tax bill before UN human rights and poverty expert visiting the country

6 December: CESR Statement: As U.S. Congress considers drastically altering its tax code, CESR presented human rights costs of proposed cuts to the attention of visiting UN human rights and poverty official.

Publications | December 1, 2017
Fiscal Impoverishment in the United States: Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Poverty and Human Rights

CESR’s formal submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, ahead of his official visit to the United States. The submission warns that the proposed tax plans will only deepen poverty and inequality within the U.S., while also enabling transnational tax abuse and therefore undermining the ability of countries around the world to invest in human rights. 

News and Events | April 13, 2017
The US Tax March: Highlighting the human rights repercussions of the Trump-Ryan tax plans

CESR statement: The tax marches held across and beyond the US on April 15 were an opportunity to focus on the alarming implications of proposed US tax reforms.

Blog | January 19, 2013
King, Keynes and Obama's legacy at the IMF

As the US marks Martin Luther King Day, CESR Senior Researcher Niko Lusiani calls for the iconic leader's social justice vision to be remembered in contemporary social and economic policy.

News and Events | December 14, 2010
CESR at the UN: the United States' human rights obligations (video).

The obligation of every government is to protect, respect, and fulfill economic and social rights. Watch CESR's comments and those of our allies about the United States' responsibilities.

News and Events | November 9, 2010
US Must Not Betray Freedom from Want

Call comes as the United Nations issues 228 recommendations to the United States on human rights improvement.

Blog | November 7, 2010
How the US defended its human rights record before the United Nations

The US government presents its human rights record to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

News and Events | November 2, 2010
Human Rights Groups Urge the United States to Place Greater Focus on Achieving Freedom from Want

Call Comes as the United States Appears Before the United Nations to Report on Human Rights Compliance.

News and Events | October 24, 2010
CESR to co-host event on U.S. human rights record at the UN

November 5 in Geneva: "Building Foundations for Freedom from Want in the Land of Plenty"

News and Events | July 5, 2010
Tackling Income Inequality in the United States through Financial Literacy Programs

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.

Factsheets, Publications | June 29, 2010
United States Factsheet

Despite its wealth, the United States has one the poorest records of economic and social rights achievement of all high-income countries.

Publications, Submissions | June 7, 2010
United States: Submission to UPR

CESR's individual and an NGO joint submission to the UPR, November 2010

News and Events | May 6, 2010
US Must Change Position on Economic and Social Rights

Successive governments have seen health, education, housing and other social goods as market commodities rather than as rights which the state has the duty to respect, protect and fulfill.

News and Events | May 3, 2010
US Faces Rare International Scrutiny on Economic and Social Rights

Despite being the world's wealthiest economy, the United States has one the poorest records of economic and social rights achievement of all high-income countries, a new CESR analysis shows.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | July 3, 2004
The Right to Health in the United States

The US health care system falls short of international standards for the right to health (2004).

Publications, Reports & Briefings | July 3, 2004
Beyond Torture: US Violations of Occupation Law in Iraq

This report, from June 2004, presents ten categories of US violations of the laws of occupation.

Factsheets, Manuals & Guides, Publications | December 17, 2003
United States: Fighting for the Right to Education

CESR has focused on efforts to improve educational standards in New York City public schools by bringing a human rights perspective to education issues.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | July 3, 2003
The Human Cost of War in Iraq

In January 2003, a CESR organized a research mission to Iraq to assess the likely humanitarian consequences of war.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | July 3, 2000
"Treated Like Slaves" Donna Karan, Inc. Violates Workers' Rights

This preliminary report examines violations of women workers' human rights in the Choe factories in New York City.