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During this pandemic, economic rescue packages—nationally and globally—must protect the socioeconomic rights of those most at risk.
A statement from the Coalition for Human Rights Development that CESR contributed to urges development finance institutions to make sure their COVID relief funding upholds human rights and economic justice for the most vulnerable.
CESR is supporting a coalition of 192 Brazilian civil society organizations and social justice groups as they file a judicial action against Brazil’s expenditure cap, which has had grievous effects on the wellbeing of many of Brazil’s citizens, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National University of Colombia has published a proposal co-authored by CESR’s Sergio Chaparro for adopting an emergency basic income in Colombia.
CESR's Sergio Chaparro co-authored an article in Colombia's El Espectador explaining the necessity for transformative economic recovery policies, such as a social protection floor, for providing long term security.
In a blog for the Global Intiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, former CESR board member Alicia Ely Yamin argues that the pandemic is not “a great equalizer” but rather an "x-ray" of preexisting social inequalities and rights violations driven by neoliberalism.
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, calls for a dramatic increase in public spending that targets inequalities and poverty caused by the COVID-19 crisis, instead of bailing out corporations and banks.
CESR board member and Public Services International General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli calls for a labor movement response to #COVID19 that boldly demands a new global economy.
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights asserts that in the midst of the pandemic, States are obligated under international human rights law to devote their maximum available resources to the full realization of all economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health, in the most equitable manner.
CESR and over 125 networks, trade unions, and organizations are demanding a COVID-19 response and recovery that is just, green, and feminist. As burdens frequently shouldered by women continue to worsen in the midst of the pandemic, we call for a greatly expanded investment in the “care economy."
CESR and over 200 international organizations and regional networks issued a statement calling on the IMF, the World Bank, and members of the G20 to permanently cancel all external sovereign debt payments for 2020.
CESR and partners at the Initiative for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy in Latin America call on States to undertake broad fiscal redistribution in order to avoid dire human rights consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
Chaparro said that while the G20's agreement to suspend debt payments from pooer countries was welcome, it did not go far enough.
Safeguarding human rights in economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis demands governments finally lay to rest the prevailing dogma of austerity.
During July 2021, CESR undertook a number of advocacy activities as part of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).