human rights

Switzerland's financial secrecy brought under human rights spotlight
March 1st, 2016
UN submission: A coalition of civil society organizations has called on CEDAW to examine the extra-territorial impacts of Switzerland’s financial legislation on women’s rights.
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.
Big business and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
by Kate Donald
December 8th, 2015
Blog: If the private sector is to play the central role foreseen for it in Agenda2030, a business-as-usual approach won't suffice.
Paradigm Shift or Lost Opportunity?
Invitation: CESR invites you to panel event bringing together leading figures to reflect critically on the progress made in securing human rights in Agenda 2030.
Taking stock of two decades of economic and social rights advocacy
Publication: Leading figures from the economic and social rights movement come together in a major new CESR publication to take stock of the state of the field.
How can the UPR strengthen economic, social and cultural rights?
by Allison Corkery
July 23rd, 2015
Blog: At a recent side event in Geneva, CESR and its partners examined the Universal Periodic Review's efforts to advance ESC rights.
Human rights in the global partnership for sustainable development: 7 misconceptions
by Niko Lusiani
June 25th, 2015
Blog: Niko Lusiani, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Economic Policy Program, debunks the myths surrounding human rights in a meaningful global partnership for post-2015 sustainable development.
Side event: Engaging the private sector in post‐2015 human rights and accountability
On Thursday 25 June, CESR and its partners will hold a side event at UN headquarters examining the role of the private sector in post-2015 accountability.
Endorse the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights
June 19th, 2015
Joint declaration: The Global Week of Action for Tax Justice has culminated in the release of the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights.
Measuring what we treasure: human rights insights for post-2015 development
by CESR
May 15th, 2015
Blog: As governments set about choosing indicators for the post-2015 sustainable development goals, it is crucial that calls for pragmatism don't lead to a lack of ambition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UN experts appeal for accountability in Rio+20 goals
News: A group of 22 UN independent human rights experts have called on States to incorporate international human rights norms, with strong accountability mechanisms, into the Rio+20 sustainable development goals.
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.
Strengthening institutional protection of economic and social rights in Kenya
CESR has been working closely with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to support their pioneering work on economic and social rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Political failures behind Horn of Africa crisis
by Luke Holland
September 2nd, 2011
Political indifference is as much to blame as drought for the spectre of famine's return to the Horn of Africa. Luke Holland explores the factors contributing to the crisis currently gripping the region.
Human Rights Essential to Human Development in Least-Developed Countries
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
May 27th, 2011
A new goal to halve the number of least-developed countries by 2022 can only succeed if it is grounded within a genuine framework of human rights.
Message to UN General Assembly: "Don't forget human rights in achieving the Millennium Goals"
by Kevin DoneganUN OHCHR
September 17th, 2010
Top independent human rights experts call on world leaders attending next week's UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals "to be guided by human rights."
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
Using Budgets to Monitor Human Rights
by Shira Stanton
February 18th, 2010
New online dialogue starting February 24
Maternal Mortality and Human Rights
by Shira Stanton
February 8th, 2010
CESR to co-sponsor panel discussion on maternal mortality in New York
Human Rights Principles and NGO Accountability
by Shira Stanton
February 5th, 2010
Online multi-lingual forum on human rights and NGO accountability