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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 | December 10, 2021
Time for a Rights-Based Economy (the inequality-based one isn’t working)

Human Rights Day message from our Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz

Blog | October 12, 2021
Platforming Workers’ Rights in Global Tax Deals

Will the new “global solutions'' being proposed for taxing multinationals align with workers’ rights? In this new post, we analyze the links between global tax deal proposals and the lives of platform workers.

Blog | July 8, 2021
Testing the Water: Using Opera to Assess How the Right to Water in India Is Protected in a Changing Climate

How can activists expose the effects of government policies on people's rights? In this guest blog, Harvard law student Laura Bach details her experience using our OPERA Framework to explore how the right to water is guaranteed in India.

Blog | June 11, 2021
Global Minimum Tax: G7 Agreement Lacks in Legitimacy, Fails to Tackle the Root of the Problem

A truly progressive global tax reform must aim for the fair allocation of taxing rights for Global South countries, challenging the colonial foundations of the international financial system and giving all countries an equal seat at the table.

Blog | June 8, 2021
Reclaiming the Narrative: Using Data to Shift Power for Economic and Social Rights

Human rights can help us examine how power is reproduced in the production, collection, and use of data. They also suggest how we can correct these imbalances and distortions. We are engaging in collective efforts to develop data principles for economic, social, and cultural rights.

Blog | May 13, 2021
Zooming Out: Strategizing for a Just Recovery in Virtual Spaces

We recently experimented with a new format for sparking conversations online, gathering more than 50 partners and allies. The result? Valuable insights on the shared challenges of building a just recovery from COVID-19.

Blog | May 10, 2021
What Fiscal Reforms Is Latin America Clamoring for, and How Can We Make Them a Reality?

The current crisis in Colombia - where large-scale protests have been sparked by a proposed fiscal reform package - clearly shows the need for revitalizing the connection between fiscal policy and rights in the Latin American region and beyond. CESR is working with partners to do just this: opening tax debates to those whose rights are most affected by them.

Blog | April 14, 2021
Une Économie Basée sur les Droits: Dans des Périodes Critiques, une Feuille de Route pour l'Action

Nous ne nous sortirons pas de cette crise en relançant la «croissance économique», mais en transformant pour de bon notre système défaillant. Une économie foée sur les droits offre un plan de changement. info@cesr.org

Blog | April 5, 2021
Time for a Human Rights Injection Against Vaccine Nationalism

Wealthy countries and their pharmaceutical companies have shown themselves too selfish to be politely persuaded to show solidarity with those on the other side of the vaccine divide. It’s time to deploy a fuller arsenal of tools to compel them to cooperate as a matter of justice and human rights.

Blog | March 5, 2021
When Will the G20 Honor Its Debt to Human Rights?

Last week, we saw a flood of civil society actions and demands that all amount to a similar urgent task: to dismantle and rebuild our current global economic system.

Blog | March 4, 2021
Embedding Human Rights in Economic Responses: Learnings From Recovering Rights

At the end of last year, we asked readers and co-authors of our Recovering Rights series for their feedback. Here we share some of the insights we heard and lessons we’ve learned from this exercise.

Blog | February 19, 2021
A Rights-Based Economy: In Critical Times, a Roadmap for Action

We will not recover from this crisis by reviving "economic growth", but by transforming our broken system for good. A Rights-Based Economy offers a blueprint for change.

Blog | February 10, 2021
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | The Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Polly Meeks, Elizabeth Lockwood, and Mohammed Ali Loutfy discuss the dire impact of the pandemic on persons with disabilities and how to effectively uphold their rights.

Blog | January 21, 2021
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | New Zealand

Paul Hunt, Chief Human Rights Commissioner for Aotearoa New Zealand, narrates how the institution faced the human rights emergency brought on by the pandemic.

Blog | November 23, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Mexico

Máximo Ernesto Jaramillo-Molina of Fundar, Center of Analysis and Research explains the policy responses needed to respond to the pandemic in Mexico.

Blog | November 16, 2020
Fiscal justice and human rights: strengthening collective counterpower for a transformative recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America will be the region most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, suffering its worst crisis in the last hundred years ,and the impacts will affect a region that already suffers severe inequality.

Blog | November 12, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Serbia

Danilo Ćurčić  discusses how in a country where nearly one quarter of the population is at risk of poverty, the pandemic has had devastating consequences on already marginalized communities.

Blog, Publications | October 25, 2020
COVID-19: Recovering Rights Series

How might our economies be transformed in the wake of COVID-19 if our rights and dignity were placed at their center? The Recovering Rights series aims to spark collective debate on this question.

Blog | October 20, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries

Our “Confronting COVID” blog series shares experiences of partners and allies in responding to the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Blog | October 14, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Minority Rights

Joshua Castellino from Minority Rights Group discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on minorities by reinforcing inequalities, while also providing a way to shift these paradigms going forward.

Blog | September 25, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Brazil

The Fight for Human Rights in the Context of COVID-19: a tough ride for Brazilian civil society organizations. Guest blog by Livi Gerbase, policy advisor at the Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos (INESC).

Blog | September 9, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Uganda

Angella Nabwowe Kasule, of Uganda's Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, calls on the Ugandan government to allocate enough funding for rights-affirming public services.

Blog | September 3, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Colombia

Dejusticia's Alejandro Rodríguez Llach discusses the need for more comprehensive, rights-affirming income protections for Colombia's most vulnerable citizens, post-COVID.

Blog | August 18, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | South Africa

Carilee Osborne and Pamela Choga of the Institute for Economic Justice discuss the South African government's inadequate response to COVID-19 and argue for a fundamental economic transformation that ensures human rights.

Blog | July 31, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Scotland

Alison Hosie, of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, argues for using human rights principles to shape the Scottish budgetary process, in order to "build back better."

Blog | July 24, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Argentina

Julieta Izcurdia of ACIJ argues for centering the rights of groups that suffer the most under COVID and for a fairer tax system in the long term.

Blog | July 14, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Brazil

Grazielle David, of the Fiscal Justice Network of Latin America and the Caribbean, discusses Brazilian civil society's efforts to create fiscal space for rights funding in the face of longstanding austerity and the federal government's lack of coordinated responses to the pandemic.

Blog | May 26, 2020
COVID-19: Recovering Rights Series

"COVID-19: Recovering Rights" series aims to spark collective debate on the question of how to transform post-COVID-19 economies so rights and dignity are placed at their center.

Blog | April 16, 2020
Strategy in the Time of COVID-19

As CESR takes stock of the implications of the pandemic for its longer-term organizational strategy, we reflect on the challenges and opportunities the crisis presents to leveraging human rights more effectively in struggles for economic justice.

Blog | March 27, 2020
Time for a Rights-Based Global Economic Stimulus to Tackle COVID-19

Safeguarding human rights in economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis demands governments finally lay to rest the prevailing dogma of austerity.

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