The Center for Economic and Social Rights carries out research and advocacy projects on economic, social and cultural rights in countries around the globe, in collaboration with local human rights advocates and activists.
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NigeriaOil development in the Niger development has been at the expense of the Ogoni people's rights to health, housing and food. GuatemalaWidespread deprivation and flagrant disparities in access to health and education are evidence of a clear lack of political will to realize these rights in all sectors of the population. KenyaStark inequalities across the Kenyan provinces in the realization of the rights to education, health, water, food and housing point to insufficient or failed government efforts. IndiaHigh levels of child malnutrition and large gender and socio-economic disparities raise questions about state efforts to ensure rights to all its people. BoliviaBolivia has failed to reduce the striking inequalities in education, nutrition, health and income that exist among various groups of its society. EcuadorDevelopment policies in the Amazon with devastating impacts on the health and welfare of local communities as well as the environment. PeruUnsustainable oil development has violated Peruvian's enjoyment of economic and social rights. HondurasDestructive mining practices have caused Hondurans to be forcibly evicted and have violated their right to a healthy living environment. United States of AmericaDespite being the world's richest country, the United States lags behind many other nations in fulfilling the economic and social rights of all its citizens. Palestinian TerritoriesEconomic and social rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially related to the rights to water and housing GhanaInadequate water and sanitation supply contribute to 70 percent of diseases in Ghana. MadagascarMalagasy people face low and unequal access to safe water, sanitation and health treatment, with high child mortality rates. Yet Madagascar spends a low proportion of its budget on health. AngolaAverage Angolan life expectancy is 41 years and 69 percent of Angolans live below the poverty line. This is despite a GDP per capita that is one of the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa. IraqAfter years of conflict Iraq remains volatile. An ongoing war threatens progress towards political stability. Thousands of civilians have been killed and and many others displaced. AfghanistanAlthough Afghanistan's economy is recovering after decades of conflict, much of the population still suffers from shortages of housing, clean water, electricity, medical care, and jobs. EgyptDespite progress in realizing the rights to health and education, women's access to education, health services work are still low compared to other lower-middle income countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Equatorial GuineaSince the discovery of oil and gas in the 1990s, Equatorial Guinea became the richest country per capita in sub-Saharan Africa; yet almost two-thirds of people still live on less than US$1 a day. CambodiaCambodia's resources steadily increase, yet government expenditure on health and education is comparatively low, making realization of economic and social rights difficult. BangladeshBangladeshi children's economic and social rights are declining. More girls than boys are malnourished and children in slums live in great poverty and are less likely to attend school than their urban non-slum and rural counterparts. HaitiEnsuring that economic and social rights are the foundation of sustainable poverty reduction policies and programs LiberiaWorking towards a strong monitoring and evaluation process based on a human rights framework