South West Asia & North Africa

News and Events | October 15, 2021
CEWLA and CESR Submit a Follow up Report on Egypt to the CEDAW’s 80th Session

The report analyzes issues raised by the Committee related particularly to women’s enjoyment of economic and social rights, in light of the pandemic and in the context of the IMF-backed economic reform program in Egypt.

News and Events | June 14, 2021
Sharing Tools to Track the Human Rights Impact of Fiscal Responses to COVID

On June 2, CESR continued its work with EuroMed Rights’ Economic and Social Rights Working Group, holding a skills-sharing session on evaluating how governments’ fiscal responses to COVID-19 impact people’s human rights.

News and Events | April 29, 2021
Fostering new approaches to monitor COVID recovery in MENA

We shared toolkits and methods for a rights-based monitoring of COVID-19 recovery with the Oxfam FAIR-EiU Knowledge Hub forum.

News and Events | March 24, 2021
Sharing Tools to Evaluate the Impact of COVID-19 Recovery Measures

On March 5th, CESR led a skill-sharing session with members of EuroMed’s Economic and Social Rights Working Group, which explored ways to assess economic responses to COVID-19 through a human rights lens.

News and Events | October 9, 2020
IMF annuals side-event: The Role of IFIs in a World of Intersecting Conflicts and Crises in the Middle East and North Africa

On Friday, October 5, 2020 CESR participated in a session that assessed IFI's policies in contexts of crises and conflicts, mainly in the MENA Region—examining the existing policies and their impact on inequality.

News and Events | October 11, 2019
The IMF and Right to Food: Conditionality on Food and Agriculture in the Arab Region

This session on Thursday, October 17th at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings will discuss IMF-imposed policies in the Arab Region that impact agricultural policies and achievement of the right to food from regional and national perspectives, as well as propose alternatives.

News and Events | June 7, 2019
Co-designing and Threat-modeling Accountability Tools for Restricted Civic Spaces: the Egypt Social Progress Indicators Platform

CESR staffers will be at #RightsCon next week in Tunis and on June 13th will host a session on "Co-designing and Threat-modeling Accountability Tools for Restricted Civic Spaces."

News and Events | May 28, 2019
Egypt Social Progress Indicators Reveal How Austerity Feeds Gross Inequalities

The Egypt Social Progress Indicators Project finds that IMF-mandated austerity policies are amplifying severe inequalities and undermining the rights to health, education, housing and decent work for millions of Egyptians.

News and Events | November 1, 2018
ESPI provides alternative to traditional economic indicators that ignore the disenfranchised

Mahinour El-Badrawi was interviewed about ESPI for Tax Justice Network's Arabic Podcast.

News and Events | October 30, 2018
Labor rights and workplace equality in Egypt: new measure finds progress lacking

The Egypt Social Progress Indicators (ESPI) project recently released findings reflecting an overall need for broad policy changes to improve labor rights, working conditions and wage trends.

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 | 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.

News and Events | April 13, 2018
Egypt's Economy: Turning a Corner or Going in Circles? Civil Society Perspectives

Thursday, April 19th, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.Bank Information Center (BIC), 10th Floor, 1023 15th St. NW, Washington, DC  20005

Publications, Reports & Briefings | June 9, 2015
Egypt: Widespread rights retrogression exposed before UPR

The 11 briefing papers in this series were prepared by CESR and the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights

Blog | May 5, 2015
New tools for old problems: closing the accountability gap in Egypt

Allison Corkery on the next phased of our ongoing collaboration with Egyptian human rights defenders.

Blog | November 20, 2014
A missed opportunity for ESCR: Reflections on Egypt's appearance before UPR

CESR's Allison Corkery reflects on the challenges of holding Egypt to account before the UN for its ESCR obligations.

Blog | August 26, 2014
Gaza's humanitarian crisis: what comes next?

The announcement of a long-term ceasefire in Gaza marks the beginning of a difficult reconstruction process.

Blog | May 29, 2014
OPERA in the Occupied Territories

CESR is working closely with Palestine's Independent Commission on Human Rights to support its efforts protect economic and social rights.

Factsheets, Publications | February 16, 2014
Rights regressions and short-sighted austerity policies in Egypt

Factsheet provides a concise statistical snapshot of worrying trends in the country (2013).

Blog | November 22, 2013
Egypt rights activists take struggle to Geneva

CESR and its partners travelled to Geneva as Egypt was reviewed at the 51st session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Publications, Reports & Briefings, Submissions | October 9, 2013
Egypt: new report brings economic and social rights deficits to attention of UN

UN submission: CESR has joined forces with a broad coalition of 57 organizations on a joint parallel report taking the Egyptian government to task at the United Nations.

News and Events | October 12, 2011
States Call on Syria to Uphold the Human Rights

Following Syria's review at the 12th session of the UPR, CESR and its partner ANND urge Syria to adopt the recommendations.

News and Events | May 29, 2011
CESR joins statement to Human Rights Council on Syria

In February 2012, CESR added its signature to those of ANND and CIVICUS in a statement to the Human Rights Council regarding Syria.

Publications, Submissions | June 6, 2010
Egypt: Submission to UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review

Joint submission to the OHCHR at the seventh session of the Universal Periodic Review, 2010.

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.

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, 2003
Iraq: Water under seige

From April 2003, this report examines the lack of safe water in Iraq caused by the war.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | June 1, 2003
Thirsting for Justice

This 2003 report exposes the ways in which Israel has taken complete control of shared Palestinian-Israeli water sources.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | March 3, 2003
Tearing up the Rules: The Illegality of Invading Iraq

In March 2003, CESR presented a comprehensive analysis of why a war against Iraq would be unequivocally illegal.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | December 17, 2002
Afghanistan: The Right to Food in Conflict

This report examines numerous violations to the right to food in Afghanistan, where the US-led war exacerbated and worsened the food situation drastically.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | July 3, 2002
Human Rights and Reconstruction in Afghanistan

This report presents the findings of a human rights assessment mission to Afghanistan, undertaken in January 2002.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | July 3, 1997
Sanctions Against Iraq: Costs of Failure

In 1997, CESR organized a fourth mission to Iraq to research a comprehensive report on the economic impact of sanctions.

Publications | January 5, 1996
Unsanctioned Suffering

This report offered evidence of the devastating toll that UN-imposed sanctions were taking on Iraqi society.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | September 3, 1991
Health and Welfare in Iraq after the Gulf Crisis: An In-Depth Assessment

The findings of an 87-person international mission on the human rights impacts of the Gulf Crisis (1991).