economic crisis

‘Panama Papers’: when tax abuse is human rights abuse
In the wake of the 'Panama Papers' scandal, the threat to human rights represented by international tax abuse has been thrown into stark relief.
Tackling inequality as injustice: four challenges for the human rights agenda
March 31st, 2016
Human rights can help confront economic inequality, but four key challenges must be overcome, argue CESR's Ignacio Saiz and Gaby Oré Aguilar in openGlobalRights.
2015: the tipping point for inequality?
End-of-year message from CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz: In 2015 important commitments were made to address global inequality, but in 2016 this rhetoric must be translated into action.
Inequality: can human rights make a difference?
With extreme inequality one of the defining issues of our time, CESR guest-edits a new openGlobalRights debate exploring the intersection of economic inequality and human rights.
Política Fiscal y Derechos Humanos en las Américas
Informe: Una audiencia temática sobre política fiscal y derechos humanos se desarrollará el próximo 22 de octubre en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos.
Política Fiscal y Derechos Humanos en las Américas
Invitación: Una audiencia temática ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos proveerá evidencia sobre la forma en que la política fiscal afecta los derechos humanos.
Insuficiente respuesta de España ante el Consejo de DDHH de NNUU en Ginebra
Nota de prensa: El Gobierno español acaba de dar respuesta a las recomendaciones que le fueron realizadas con motivo del Examen Periódico Universal ante el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU.
Spanish government gives inadequate response to UN Human Rights Council recommendations on migrants’ right to health

Press release: As Spain appears before the Human Rights Council, CESR and its partners affirm access to health care is still not guaranteed to migrants in the country.
Construyendo una plataforma para la justicia fiscal a través de los derechos humanos
Tax justice activists and human rights defenders from all over the world came together last week in Peru for a strategy meeting designed to build a platform for future collaboration.
Building the foundation for tax justice through human rights
Tax justice activists and human rights defenders from all over the world came together last week in Peru for a strategy meeting designed to build a platform for future collaboration.
Spain reverses course and partially restores undocumented migrants’ access to health services
by Gaby Oré Aguilar
April 2nd, 2015
Blog: Undocumented migrants in Spain will once again be provided primary health care, but the right to universal health remains a pending task.
Nothing new on the Nile
Op-ed: As Egypt hosts a major investment conference, CESR's Allison Corkery and ECESR's Heba Khalil warn of the dangers of pursuing the same failed development model of the past.
Spain’s austerity criticized again in UN human rights review
Spain’s failure to protect economic and social rights in times of economic crisis has come under stern criticism from other states at the Universal Periodic Review.
Spain under scrutiny at United Nations
Press release: On January 21 the Spanish government will be held to account for its human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review
Spain: Austerity driving poverty, growing inequality and human rights deterioration
Factsheet: As Spain appears before the UN Universal Periodic Review, a new CESR factsheet illustrates how austerity is driving severe violations of a variety of economic and social rights.
From Rhetoric to Remedy: human rights in the struggle against poverty
Panel discussion: CESR and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) invite you to a panel discussion on the role of human rights in combatting poverty.
Egypt: Widespread rights retrogression exposed before UPR
Briefing papers: New series of factsheets highlights economic and social rights situation in Egypt before the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review.
España: Fortaleciendo la acción conjunta para proteger la salud de los inmigrantes en situación irregular
Pronunciamiento conjunto: Amnistía Internacional, CESR, Médicos del Mundo y Red ACOGE han emitido un pronunciamiento denunciando el incumplimiento de España de sus obligaciones de derechos humanos.

Spain: Strengthening joint action to protect the right to health of undocumented migrants
Joint statement: Amnesty International, CESR, Medicos del Mundo and Red Acoge have issued a joint statement denouncing Spain’s non-compliance with its human rights obligations.
European rights chief warns of austerity's 'lost generation'
by Luke Holland
June 5th, 2014
Blog: Drawing on a recently-published issue paper commissioned from CESR, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls for young people's rights to be restored.
Egypt must stop penalizing the poor
Op-ed: Writing in Foreign Policy, CESR's Allison Corkery and the ECESR's Heba Khalil unpack the economic and social rights issues at stake in Egypt's elections.
Ireland: Post-crisis Constitutional Convention calls for economic and social rights
by Luke Holland
March 31st, 2014
Blog: Consultations have revealed overwhelming support for incorporation of ESCR provisions in the crisis-hit country's constitution.
As states set sights on inequality, it’s time to get fiscal
February 24th, 2014
Rising inequality is an issue whose time has finally come. But if governments are serious about halting this trend in the post-2015 development agenda, they will need to tackle the injustices of our current tax and fiscal systems.
Excluding undocumented migrants from health services is a violation of European law
Press release: A new report from the European Committee on Social Rights finds Spain’s legislation denying health care services to undocumented migrants to be regressive.
Austerity ‘undermining human rights’, says Council of Europe Commissioner
December 5th, 2013
Publication: A new Council of Europe Issue Paper, commissioned from CESR, assesses the human rights impacts of austerity measures and sets out an agenda for change.
Egypt should say 'yes' to emergency assistance, but 'no' to the failed development model of the past
Analysis article: CESR Research Consultant Rick Rowden explains why Egypt should be wary of any IMF loan agreement that requires a return to the ineffective policies of the past
Financial crisis deepens: will the lessons be learnt?
by Luke HollandThe South Center
April 5th, 2013
In this guest posting Martin Khor, Executive Director of The South Centre, examines the unfolding crisis in Cyprus and asks whether the lessons of the past will ever be learnt.
King, Keynes and Obama’s legacy at the IMF
by Niko Lusiani
January 20th, 2013
Blog: 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.
CESR backs Irish civil society's call for rights in constitutional convention
June 28th, 2012
Joint letter: CESR has joined Irish civil society organizations in calling for public participation and the inclusion of economic and social rights on the agenda for the forthcoming constitutional convention.
‘Robin Hood’ would never forget to give to the poor
Joint letter: CESR has joined a letter to European leaders calling on them to make the Financial Transactions Tax a reality and to make sure the proceeds it generates are used to help the most vulnerable.
A Bottom-Up Approach To Righting Financial Regulation
CESR has joined the Steering Committee of the Righting Financial Regulation project, a new coalition seeking to confront the human rights implications of the global economic crisis.
Factsheet: España
Una nueva ficha informativa analiza la situación de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en España, especialmente tras la crisis económica que comenzó a afectar al país en 2007.
Spain factsheet
A new CESR factsheet examines the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights in Spain since the economic crisis took hold in 2007
Mauled by the Celtic Tiger: Human rights in Ireland's economic meltdown
February 12th, 2012
Briefing: This new CESR report finds that Ireland has violated its obligations under international human rights law in its handling of the economic crisis.
Carta abierta al presidente del gobierno español
February 2nd, 2012
CESR, el Observatori DESC y Amnestía Internacional se han dirigido al presidente del Gobierno español recordándole que la crisis económica no es una excusa para no respetar los derechos humanos.
España: sociedad civil exige nuevo plan de derechos humanos
Un total de 75 organizaciones, entre ellas CESR, se han dirigido mediante una carta abierta al Presidente de Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy, para instarle a que apruebe un nuevo Plan de Derechos Humanos.
Rights in recession: a framework for human rights-centered economic policies
On 29 November 2011, CESR Senior Researcher Nicholas Lusiani delivered a presentation at Unicef's New York headquarters on the potential for human rights norms to inform economic policies, thereby contributing to a more just society. To access the presentation in pdf format, click on the title above.
Elections in Spain: tough choices for tough times
November 18th, 2011
As voters head to the polls amidst the worst economic crisis in recent history, Ignacio Saiz warns that democracy without social rights risks becoming a 'dictatorship of the markets'.
CESR joins call for G-20 leaders to embed human rights in decisions
CESR has come together with 185 other civil society organizations from around the world to remind decision-makers at the G-20 summit in Cannes that human rights must be a key consideration in both their discussions and any commitments undertaken
As protest pressure builds, CESR joins letter to US Congress
October 19th, 2011
As protests over the conduct of the financial sector spread around the world, public anger over bank bailouts and regressive spending cuts shows no sign of abating. Against this backdrop, CESR has joined an initiative demanding that America’s political leaders uphold basic human rights and dignity in its budget decisions.
Ireland’s economic & social rights record under the spotlight at United Nations
by Luke Holland
October 4th, 2011
On Thursday October 6 Ireland will face the scrutiny of her peers at the United Nations as her human rights record is considered at the UPR. CESR will be present to highlight the retrogression in economic and social rights that has flowed from the government's short-sighted austerity measures.
Spanish democracy dispossessed
by Luke Holland, Nicholas Lusiani
September 20th, 2011
The decision to amend Spain's constitution, driven by a perceived need to satisfy the capricious demands of international financial markets, was made without proper public consultation. The dramatic move obliges us to ask fundamental questions about the state of democracy and human rights in the country.
International Financial Institutions Warn About Food Crisis But Offer No Policy Changes
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
April 26th, 2011
World Bank and IMF continue to ignore calls to reassess their approach to agriculture policies and market regulation.
Rolling back economic and social rights to aid the banks? Ireland's National Recovery Plan
by Sally-Anne Way
December 13th, 2010
Should Ireland cut the protection of economic and social rights to finance this deficit? And who is bearing the burden of these cuts?
Time for the G20 to be global leaders where it counts
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
November 12th, 2010
As the G20 convenes this week in Seoul, will the world's most powerful leaders take their human rights obligations into consideration as they convene to discuss the global economy?
Human Rights Responses to the Global Economic Crisis in Geneva
by Shira Stanton
March 2nd, 2010
Side event on March 4 at the 13th session of the Human Rights Council
Haiti, one month on: rethinking the model
by Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director
February 12th, 2010
Haitian human rights and development organizations are calling for a different vision of development aid in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Documentary photography competition offers new storytelling opportunity to promote rights in crisis
by Kevin Donegan
November 30th, 2009
Deadline extended to December 7: Photograph the global financial crisis with CESR and SocialDocumentary.net
Experts Comment on Rights in Times of Economic Crisis
by Shira Stanton and Kevin Donegan
November 11th, 2009
Experts stress that access to social security and protection is not a policy choice, but rather a human rights obligation.