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After a complaint submitted by CESR and allies, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called out Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and the US for violating international law and replicating colonial hierarchies by blocking access to COVID vaccine and treatment technologies.
The Initiative for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy held a workshop on Argentina’s public debt and its relationship to human rights.
A joint report illustrates how the austerity measures introduced by Serbia since 2014 violate the State’s human rights obligations.
Our team and allies have been closely following the implementation of recommendations by the UN on economic, social, and cultural rights.
At the event, we highlighted how the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policies can aid the claims of indigenous peoples.
Our Director of Strategy and Learning, Allison Corkery, presented at a training workshop on how national human rights institutions can monitor States' responses to COVID-19.
A broad coalition of public health experts, human rights law groups, and organizations -including CESR- have taken legal action against the US, UK, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland due to an inequitable and racially discriminatory rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
After 12 successful years as our Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz is stepping down from his role at the end of March 2022. Read his announcement here.
The Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy were presented at the 4th Conference on the Right to Development & Illicit Financial Flows from Africa.
Co-Organized by CESR and allies, the encounters sparked debates on how to guarantee rights and fiscal justice in Chile's new legal body.
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.
Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy: a necessary input to discuss the Business and Human Rights agenda
The Principles were highlighted at two important events on the links between businesses and human rights.
CESR Director of Program Kate Donald spoke as part of the "Framing Feminist Taxation" webinar organized by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice and ActionAid.
CESR outlined a number of key concerns and proposals to inform her forthcoming report on the international debt architecture and human rights.
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.
Happening May 17-21, we are co-hosting a whole week of events to launch the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy.
Organizations in Latin America Call on the Colombian Government to Put an End to Violence Against Protestors
CESR supports the call of organizations from throughout the region demanding that Colombian authorities guarantee citizens’ rights to mobilize peacefully and take part in fiscal debates.
We shared toolkits and methods for a rights-based monitoring of COVID-19 recovery with the Oxfam FAIR-EiU Knowledge Hub forum.
As a part of ESCR-Net, CESR delivered a 63-page urgent appeal to Special Procedures at the United Nations to ensure equitable and universal COVID-19 vaccine access.
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.
Scotland has achieved a historic milestone as its government announced new legislation that incorporates a set of human rights recommendations to guarantee adequate standards of living for all. CESR has been proud to support the work of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, a key institution in this accomplishment, that also mandates human rights are taken into account and respected during the budgetary process.
Between February 23rd and March 25th, CESR and allies will be hosting a series of laboratories on how to use litigation and legal advocacy to transform how resources are distributed.
Building Back Better or Building Anew? CESR Advocates for a Just and Sustainable Recovery at UN Forums
On January 14th, CESR took part in two UN-related events focused on using the SDGs to build a human rights-based recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From 14-18 December 2020, CESR participated in the Global South Women's Forum on Disrupting Macroeconomics, organized by International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP).
As this tumultuous and difficult year comes to a close, there is positive news on the horizon. Just last week, the first country launched its national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with other countries set to follow suit within weeks. There is an end to the pandemic in sight - for some.
CESR is saddened to learn of the passing of our former board Secretary, Elizabeth McCormack. Elizabeth sat on CESR’s board from 2009-2019, and was an invaluable member providing unmatched expertise on philanthropy and social justice. Elizabeth lived a long and fascinating life. Born in 1922, she spent her early years as a nun dedicated to education. As president of Manhattanville College in the 1960’s, she led the charge in shifting the school from an elite Catholic women’s college to a secular, co-educational institution.
On Monday, November 9th, CESR will be co-hosting a webinar with the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and SECTION27 that asks: what role for human rights in defining a new economics?