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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.

OWG proposals risk sidelining consensus on human rights-centered sustainable development
March 3rd, 2014
Statement: CESR is calling on members of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to renew their commitment to placing human rights at the core of the post-2015 framework.
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.
Putting rights at the centre of 'data revolution'
Blog: Speaking at a UNDP conference on 'Data and Accountability', CESR's Allison Corkery sets out the rights issues at stake in informational planning for the post-2015 era.
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.
New Zealand earthquake recovery: empowering people to claim their rights
January 29th, 2014
Report: A new report from the New Zealand Human Rights Commission - the fruit of a collaboration with CESR - analyses the human rights issues at stake in the Canterbury earthquake recovery.
Visions and Voices for Human Rights
Forum summary: On 24 September 2013 CESR and its partners organized a side event at the UN General Assembly to discuss integration of human rights into the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Power of Numbers initiative offers important insights for post-2015 agenda
by Luke Holland
December 20th, 2013
A new initiative led by two members of CESR's board offers important guidance on target-setting and measurement of progress from a human rights perspective.
Human rights take centre stage at UN post-2015 debate
by Luke Holland
December 17th, 2013
Blog: Member states at the Open-Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals have reiterated the call for human rights to be a foundation stone of the post-2015 agenda.
UN criticizes Egypt’s rights record and calls for increased investment in economic and social rights
Press release: The United Nations has raised serious concerns over shortcomings in the provision of a broad range of economic, social and cultural rights in Egypt.
Side event: Human Rights at the Core of Sustainable and Just Development
Invitation: On Friday 13 December, CESR and its partners will hold a side event in parallel to the sixth session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Over 350 groups call for human rights in core of post-2015 development plan
Joint statement: As governments meet at the UN to debate the future sustainable development agenda, over 300 organizations have called for human rights to be at the core of the new framework.
CESR pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
by Geoff Budlender
December 7th, 2013
Blog: CESR Board member Geoff Budlender, who served as Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs during Nelson Mandela's presidency, pays tribute to the late South African leader.
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.
New factsheet indicates rights retrogression and worsening living conditions in Egypt
Factsheet: A new factsheet produced by CESR and its Egyptian partner ECESR provides a concise statistical snapshot of worrying trends in economic and social rights in Egypt.
Egypt rights activists take struggle to Geneva
by Luke Holland
November 23rd, 2013
Blog: CESR and its partners travelled to Geneva last week as Egypt was reviewed at the 51st session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Egypt's rights record found wanting at UN
Press release: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has firmly criticised Egypt's failure to address the social injustices and marked inequality that fuelled the 2011 revolution.
FTT: Robin Hood advocates undeterred by challengers
by Luke Holland
October 23rd, 2013
Blog: Momentum towards the implementation of a financial transactions tax in Europe is facing new obstacles. With success seeming so close yet so far, campaigners are redoubling their efforts.
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.
UN General Assembly: will human rights rhetoric become reality?
Governments at the UN General Assembly have recognized that human rights must be at the core of a new global development agenda. But will these rhetorical commitments be translated into practice?
Visions and Voices for Human Rights: Integrating human rights into the post-2015 agenda
On September 24 CESR and its partners hosted a forum on integrating human rights into the post-2015 development framework at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Visions and Voices for Human Rights: 
Integrating human rights into the post-2015 agenda
Save the date: On September 24 CESR and its partners will stage a forum on integrating human rights into the post-2015 development framework at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
High Level Panel recommendations fall short of the human rights litmus test
Statement: CESR responds to the recent report delivered by the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda, which will feed into the design of the future development framework.
Who Will Be Accountable? Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
A new publication produced by CESR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights explains that proper incorporation of accountability will be fundamental to post-2015 development agenda.
Who Will Be Accountable? Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
May 22nd, 2013
Publication: A new publication by CESR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights explains that incorporation of accountability will be fundamental to post-2015 development agenda.
Joint statement: Human Rights for All Post-2015
A new joint statement, endorsed by 49 leading human rights and development organizations so far, calls for human rights be placed at the core of the new development agenda.
A Matter of Justice: securing human rights in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda
March 19th, 2013
Briefing: A new CESR publication argues that the human rights framework can provide operational principles and standards of conduct to ensure the post-2015 development plan delivers on its promises.
CESR contributes to major UN publication on future of MDGs
UNDP Publication: CESR Researcher Allison Corkery has contributed a chapter to the new UNDP publication 'Accelerating Achievement of MDGs by Ways and Means of Economic and Social Rights'.
Taking Spain's austerity measures to task at the United Nations
UN submission: As Spain appeared before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for the first time in eight years, CESR has presented two new documents in Geneva.
Spain answers to UN for rights impacts of crisis response
by Marga Lema Tomé
Blog: With austerity measures dramatically undermining ESC rights in Spain, the country is appearing before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for the first time in eight years.
Financial Transactions Tax: A Human Rights Imperative
Briefing: This succinct document - the third in the ‘Righting Financial Regulation’ series - provides an overview of how the FTT would work and the benefits it would provide.
Spanish civil society submits parallel report to CESCR
UN submission: CESR has coordinated a parallel report which has been submitted to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) ahead of its 48th session in May 2012.
CESR joins call to action on right to safe water
March 13th, 2012
News: CESR, together with 40 other national and international NGOs, is calling on representatives at the World Water Forum (WWF) to unequivocally support the right to safe water and sanitation.
Rural women take center-stage at major UN meeting
News: The criticial importance of empowering rural women, for the sake of both protecting their rights and promoting development, has been reaffirmed at the 56th Commission on the Status of Women.
20 states sign new ‘OP’ on children’s rights
March 2nd, 2012
News: A diverse group of nations, ranging from Germany and Brazil to Mali, Morocco and Montenegro, have become the first signatories of a new UN mechanism designed to protect children’s rights.
Children in an urban world: Rights denied, opportunities squandered
by Abid Aslam
February 29th, 2012
Blog: Abid Aslam, Editor of Unicef's flagship report 'The State of the World’s Children', examines the particular human rights challenges facing children in urban areas.
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.
7 down, 3 to go: Momentum builds for economic and social rights complaints mechanism
by Luke Holland
February 7th, 2012
Blog: Only three more ratifications are needed to make the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights operational.
Austerity and retrogression: Have governments got the right?
February 6th, 2012
Press release: As European leaders agree a fiscal compact that is likely to further prejudice economic and social rights, CESR joins an open letter to Spain's Prime Minister.
Central Banks' human rights obligations
Briefing: The second two-page briefing in the 'Righting Financial Regulation' series examines the role Central Banks can and must play in protecting human rights.
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.
Time to address the economic and social rights deficit
by CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz
December 10th, 2011
As the world marks International Human Rights Day on December 10, CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz reflects on the status of economic and social rights in this age of austerity.
Busan: mutual accountability isn’t a one-way relationship
by Luke Holland and Victoria Wisniewski
December 1st, 2011
Although 'mutual accountability' is on everyone’s lips at the 4th High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, all signs are that poor performance in meeting previous aid commitments will continue.
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'.
Getting the process right for the world we want
As the UN General Assembly meets to discuss the post-2015 development framework, CESR Chairperson Alicia Yamin and board member Sakiko Fukuda-Parr highlight the importance of designing effective, participative procedures in order to create a better future for all the world's people.
CESR co-hosts expert consultation on the future of the MDGs
An expert consultation was convened in Geneva on November 2-3, 2011 to discuss lessons learnt from the accountability gaps in the MDG framework, as well as how human rights can help narrow these deficits in a future post-2015 international development agenda.
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
G-20 and financial regulation: what’s at stake for economic and social rights?
As the self-selected rulers of the economic and financial universe gather in Cannes for the G20 summit, CESR Senior Researcher Niko Lusiani asks what’s at stake for economic and social rights?
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.
Civil Society demands ‘better aid’ on International Day for Eradication of Poverty
by Luke Holland
October 17th, 2011
The Global Call to Action Against Poverty, of which CESR is a member, has joined forces with BetterAid and the Open Forum for CSO Effectiveness to launch a new initiative entitled “Better Aid for the World We Want”.
Bolivia goes hungry on World Food Day
CESR has collaborated on a new report addressing hunger and food insecurity in Bolivia. This October 16, as the international community marks World Food Day, it behoves us to remember that hunger is not the inevitable result of natural factors. Rather, it is the direct ramification of deliberate political choices made by those in power.
States Urgently Call on Syria to Uphold the Human Rights of its People at its Universal Periodic Review
October 13th, 2011
Following Syria's review at the 12th session of the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, CESR and its partner, the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) urge Syria to adopt and implement the recommendations coming out of the UPR to improve the human rights situation in the country.
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.
Press release: UNESCO Must Stop Discredited Prize
September 27th, 2011
CESR has joined forces with eight other human rights organizations to confront moves to resurrect the discredited UNESCO-Obiang Science Prize. The government of Equatorial Guinea is hoping to bring back the award honouring dictator Teodoro Obiang, which was suspended last year.
Supporting Equatorial Guinea’s embattled rights defenders
by Luke Holland
September 20th, 2011
Despite spectacular rates of growth, the majority of Equatorial Guinea’s population continues to live in poverty. On Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September CESR joined forces with EG Justice and several Equatoguinean NGOs to stage a capacity-building workshop in Madrid.
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.
CESR signs civil society letter to UN Secretary General calling for dialogue on post-2015 development framework
CESR has joined the Beyond-2015 campaign's letter addressing the UN Secretary General.
MDG failures prove need for a new rights-based development agenda
July 14th, 2011
The slow pace of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, revealed in a newly-released UN report, demonstrates the need for a more ambitious and rights-based agenda to end global poverty.
National Human Rights Institutions and Economic and Social Rights
June 10th, 2011
This 2011 CESR briefing examines national human rights institutions as monitors of economic, social and cultural rights.
Civil society groups call on UN Secretary-General to promote accountability on women’s and children’s health
A joint response to a UN report by civil society organizations, including CESR, stresses accountability within a human rights framework.
Maternal Mortality: Submission to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
CESR's submission on best practices in addressing maternal mortality (2011).
Spain: Submission to UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
CESR's joint submission with Observatori DESC on economic, social and cultural rights in Spain, to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for its 46th Session (late 2011).
Syria: Submission to UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
CESR's joint submission with the Arab NGO Network for Development to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the 12th session of the Universal Periodic Review, October 2011.
CESR condemns assault, coercion and threats of human rights workers and journalists in Egypt
February 4th, 2011
Crackdown campaign betrays an apparent attempt to stifle the flow of information, silence independent reporting and to eliminate potential witnesses to further government repressions that may occur in the coming days.
United States Must Not Betray Its Commitment to Freedom from Want, Human Rights Groups Say
November 10th, 2010
Call comes as the United Nations issues 228 recommendations to the United States on human rights improvement.
Sexual and Reproductive Health: Submission to UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
CESR's submission on the right to sexual and reproductive health, to be discussed by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during its 45th Session on November 15, 2010.
The MDGs, A Decade On: Keeping the Promise, Fulfilling Rights
September 20th, 2010
A new CESR review of the latest MDG data finds progress has been too slow even to meet the MDGs' modest 2015 targets. In some cases, performance on the MDG goals has decreased or stalled.
U.S. Faces Rare International Scrutiny on Economic and Social Rights
May 5th, 2010
Despite being the world’s wealthiest economy, the United States has one the poorest records of economic and social rights achievement of all high-income countries, a new CESR analysis shows.
Bringing Human Rights to Bear in Times of Crisis
A human rights analysis of government responses to the economic crisis
Documenting the Global Recession: Crisis and Opportunity
New publication of photographs highlights human rights during times of economic crisis.
Guatemalan state systematically violates economic and social rights of citizens, international human rights report says
November 5th, 2009
Nov 09: New CESR study on health, education and food says fiscal and tax policy is largely responsible; report comes as Guatemalan Congress debates 2010 budget (English, Español)

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