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Monitoring tax spillovers in the Financing for Development Accord
UN presentation: CESR's Nicholas Lusiani has delivered an important presentation on behalf of civil society in advance of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.
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.
Why the Sustainable Development Goals are more than just good intentions
This statement has been released by the Beyond-2015 coalition, of which CESR is a member, in reponse to two articles published by The Economist on 28 March 2015.
Women’s rights and revenues: why we can’t achieve gender equality without fiscal justice
by Kate Donald
March 26th, 2015
Blog: While it is widely accepted that taxation plays a key role in determining income inequality, we are seeing more and more that it dramatically impacts women's equality and human rights as well.
Measuring what we treasure: exploring how human rights should inform the post-2015 indicators
Side event: On Monday 23 March, CESR together with its partners in the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus will hold a timely debate about how to measure the SDGs and accompanying targets.
Accountability for the post-2015 agenda: A proposal for a robust global review mechanism
CESR - along with Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch – has developed a proposal for a robust monitoring mechanism for post-2015 development.
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.
Critican nuevamente la política de austeridad de España en el examen de derechos humanos de la ONU
El fracaso de España para proteger los derechos económicos y sociales en tiempos de crisis económica ha sido objeto de severa crítica por parte de otros Estados en el Examen Periódico Universal.
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.
As states gear up for the post-2015 negotiations, CESR asks 'Who’s afraid of accountability?'
UN presentation: CESR's Kate Donald recently spoke at a UN forum, challenging states on their aversion to accountability for development commitments.
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.
2015: a seminal year for integrating human rights and sustainable development?
Joint statement: The Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus assesses the good and the not-so-good in the UN Secretary General's 'Synthesis Report on post-2015 development'.
Secretary-General’s ‘Synthesis Report’: moving the post-2015 debate forward?
by Kate Donald
January 13th, 2015
Blog: Kate Donald, director of the Human Rights in Development program at CESR, reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of a recent milestone report on the post-2015 process
The ‘data revolution’: of the people, for the people?
by Kate Donald
November 24th, 2014
Blog: The provision of comprehensive, quality data is essential to rights-based development, but the much-vaunted 'data revolution' must also be empowering and people-centered.
A missed opportunity for ESCR: Reflections on Egypt’s appearance before the Universal Periodic Review
by Allison Corkery
November 21st, 2014
Blog: CESR's Allison Corkery reflects on the challenges of holding Egypt to account before the UN for its ESCR obligations, amidst civil society repression and a politically charged context.
Secretary General must prioritize rights-based financing in post-2015 agenda
The Righting Finance initiative has submitted a letter to the UN Secretary General concerning the financing issues at stake in his forthcoming report for the post-2015 talks.
States must not restrict people's participation in post-2015 process
CESR and its allies have sent a joint letter to the UN Representatives for Ireland and Kenya, who are facilitating the next phase of negotiations on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Amid crackdown, UN calls on Egypt to protect civil society space

Press release: The Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review mechanism has called on Egypt to put an end to repression of civil society voices.
After threats, Egyptian human rights organizations decide not to participate in UPR
Press release: The joint press release reproduced here has been issued by CESR's partners in Egypt in the light of their decision not to attend the country's appearance before the UPR.
Egypt to answer to UN for deteriorating human rights conditions
Press release: Egypt comes before the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review mechanism amid worsening deprivation and a crackdown on civil society space in the country.
Egypt: how can the UPR strengthen realization of economic, social and cultural rights?
Invitation: On November 4, CESR and the Egyptian NGO Coalition on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will host an information meeting ahead of Egypt's appearance before the UPR.
Submission to UN Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development
CESR has delivered a submission to the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.
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.
The post-2015 agenda won't deliver without human rights at the core
The open letter reproduced here has been sent to the Incoming President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, H.E. Sam Kutesa, by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus.
Transforming the development agenda requires more, not less, attention to human rights
Opinion article: Writing for Open Global Rights, CESR's Ignacio Saiz and Radhika Balakrishnan of the Center for Women's Global Leadership discuss the role of human rights in post-2015 development.
SDGs merely dead letters without fiscal justice and human rights
by Niko Lusiani
September 10th, 2014
Blog: Unless governments agree to concrete tax and budgetary commitments which ensure robust, equitable and accountable fiscal foundations for sustainable development, the SDGs are likely to fail.
Human rights for all in sustainable development: Is the post-2015 process really delivering?
Side event: On Thursday 11 September, a side event at the United Nations in New York will assess how well the post-2015 process so far has reflected the requirements of human rights.
Human rights 'non-negotiable' on post-2015 agenda, says global civil society
by Luke Holland
August 31st, 2014
Blog: Thousands of civil society organizations gathered at the UN headquarters have issued a strong call for human rights to be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.
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.
Gaza's humanitarian crisis: what comes next?
by Allison Corkery
August 27th, 2014
Blog: The announcement of a long-term ceasefire in Gaza marks both the end of a period of brutal violence, and the beginning of an extremely difficult reconstruction process.
CESR joins CELS in challenging human rights impacts of vulture funds
This joint statement, coordinated by CELS in Argentina, has been issued in response to the US Supreme Court decision on Argentina's sovereign debt.
Will High-Level Forum rise to accountability challenge?
by Luke Holland
July 7th, 2014
Blog: The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals is tackling one of the most crucial, and controvesial, issues in post-2015 development negotiations - accountability.
Strictly business: national rights institutions and the private sector
June 25th, 2014
Blog: National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have a critical part to play in making sure the private sector be called to account for its impact on human rights.
Will post-2015 development proposals meet the Human Rights Litmus Test?
June 10th, 2014
CESR's Niko Lusiani addresses the UN, setting out the criteria of a 'Human Rights Litmus Test' for post-2015 sustainable development proposals.
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.
Human Rights for All Post-2015: A Litmus Test
Please give your organization's backing to the 'Human Rights for All Post-2015 Litmus Test', a new tool to evaluate proposals for the post-2015 development framework.
OPERA in the Occupied Territories
by Luke Holland
May 30th, 2014
Blog: CESR is working closely with Palestine's Independent Commission on Human Rights to support its efforts protect economic and social rights.
Security forces raid the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights and sexually harass women
Press release: This statement was issued by CESR's partner organization, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, after its offices were raided by security forces on Thursday 22 May.
Only an economic revolution can defuse the global inequality timebomb
Op-ed: Writing in the Guardian Development Blog, CESR's Nicholas Lusiani and Christian Aid's Helen Dennis explain the need for a fiscal revolution in development financing.
UN Financing Committee hears call for post-2015 fiscal revolution
by Luke Holland
May 14th, 2014
Blog: CESR has urged the UN Committee tasked with devising a post-2015 development financing strategy to tackle the fiscal injustices undermining sustainable development and human rights.
Accountability moves to the fore of the Post-2015 debate
by Luke Holland
May 7th, 2014
Blog: CESR contributes to United Nations discussions on monitoring and accountability in the post-2015 development agenda.
Sustainable development requires a 'fiscal revolution'
May 5th, 2014
Policy Briefing: A new briefing, released for the 11th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, sets out the commitments needed to deliver a 'fiscal revolution'.
OWG inches closer to human rights for all post-2015, but still a long road ahead
Joint statement: A coalition of organizations calls on the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to make sure the call for human rights is properly reflected in their deliberations.
Cinco organizaciones exigen al Gobierno que cumpla con las advertencias de Naciones Unidas sobre el acceso a salud
Press release: Spain must address the warnings of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, who has called for universal access to health services to be guaranteed (in Spanish).
Civil society rallies to prevent privatization of post-2015 process
Blog: The private sector is threatening to drown out civil society's demands for a human rights-based sustainable development framework.
New online resource to promote effective monitoring
April 8th, 2014
New resource: CESR has led the development of a new website to support progress in overcoming the unique challenges that arise in monitoring economic and social rights.
130 organizations join forces at UN to confront Egypt’s human rights crisis
Press Release: As presidential elections draw near in Egypt, a large coalition is taking the country to task before the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review.
Financing Sustainable Development: the right partnerships for a better world
The Righting Finance Initiative has delivered a statement to the Intergovernmental Committee on Financing for Sustainable Development as it considers the theme of 'Co-Creating New Partnerships'.
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.
'OPERA’ gets animated: bringing ESCR monitoring to life
A new animation produced by CESR, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Forum (APF), offers a short introduction to the OPERA Framework for monitoring fulfilment of economic and social rights.
UN Secretary General backs calls for human rights-based post-2015 agenda
Statement: Key report to General Assembly outlines Secretary General's vision of 'a world we have a right to expect'.
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.
Naciones Unidas pide al Gobierno español 'revisar' las medidas de austeridad
Nota de prensa: El Comité de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales de la ONU se hace eco de las demandas de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y cuestiona los recortes sociales.
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.
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 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.
Organizaciones de la sociedad civil española presentan un informe conjunto ante el CDESC
CESR ha coordinado la realización de un informe alternativo en el que han participado un conjunto de 19 organizaciones y que ha sido presentado ante el Comité de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales de Naciones Unidas, con motivo de la 48 sesión del Comité en mayo de 2012.
Niñas y niños en un mundo urbano: Derechos negados, oportunidades desperdiciadas
by Abid Aslam
February 29th, 2012
En el nuevo blog de CESR, Abid Aslam, director del informe principal del Unicef, ‘Estado Mundial de la Infancia’, analiza los problemas de los niños en áreas urbanas.
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.
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.
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'.
Nota de prensa: UNESCO debe poner fin al desacreditado premio UNESCO - Obiang Ciencias de la Vida
September 27th, 2011
UNESCO debe rechazar el nuevo intento del Gobierno de Guinea Ecuatorial de honrar a su Presidente, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – mandatario africano que más años lleva en el poder - con un premio en su nombre, manifestó hoy un grupo de 9 organizaciones de Derechos Humanos.
La democracia española, desposeída
by Luke Holland, Nicholas Lusiani
September 20th, 2011
La ira y la frustración en las calles de Madrid, Barcelona y otras ciudades españolas no parece estar influyendo en los dirigentes del país; sin embargo, una reforma de la Constitución ha sido llevada al Parlamento a una velocidad de vértigo.
Elecciones generales en Guatemala: condenado a repetir la historia?
by Jorge Santos
September 6th, 2011
Jorge Santos es Coordinador General del Centro Internacional para Investigaciones en Derechos Humanos, analiza las elecciones del 11 de septiembre próximo in Guatemala.
España: Informe conjunto al Grupo de Trabajo del Comité de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales de la ONU (CESCR)
Presentación conjunta de CESR y el Observatori DESC sobre los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales, ante el Grupo de Trabajo del Comité de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales.
UNESCO suspende el premio del dictador tras una protesta global
October 21st, 2010
CESR en colaboración con otras organizaciones dan la bienvenida a la decisión tomada el día de hoy por UNESCO relativa a suspender, indefinidamente, el premio nombrado y financiado por el Presidente Obiang de Guinea Ecuatorial.
EE UU Enfrenta un inusual escrutunio internacional en materia de derechos económicos y sociales
(En Inglés) Pese a ser el país más rico del mundo, al ser comparado con países de ingreso alto, Estados Unidos presenta uno de los peores indidcadores de cumplimiento de los derechos económicos y sociales, conforme lo revela un nuevo informe de CESR
Enfrentando la Crisis con los Derechos Humanos
Un análisis de las respuestas de los estados a la crisis económica desde una perspectiva de derechos humanos
Sin una política fiscal progresiva, el Estado guatemalteco viola sistemáticamente los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales de la ciudadanía
November 5th, 2009
Un nuevo análisis de tres derechos — alimentación, salud y educación (English, Español)

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