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FACT is not a four-letter word
An end-of-year message from CESR's Executive Director Ignacio Saiz reflecting on the human rights challenges of the "post-truth" world.
Palestine: monitoring economic and social rights in a context ‘without parallel’
Last month, CESR’s Allison Corkery and Mihir Mankad travelled to Palestine to lead a series of monitoring workshops for human rights organizations in the territory.
Uganda’s economic and social rights shortfalls highlighted by Human Rights Council
Uganda faced some tough questions over the shortcomings of its development policies when it came before the UPR last month.
Fighting inequality in a shaken world
CESR is proud to present a new briefing setting out a human rights-based policy agenda to address economic inequality in the years ahead.
Brazil: fiscal austerity freeze ‘lacks all compassion’
Concern is growing over the potentially devastating human rights impacts of Brazil’s newly-approved ‘PEC 55’ constitutional amendment, which will freeze public spending at current levels for the next twenty years.
Switzerland held to account for cost of tax abuse on women’s rights
CESR and its partners have taken Switzerland to task before the UN for the harmful impact of its role as a tax haven on women’s rights.
Brazil: Social rights under siege
December 8th, 2016
Brazil is on the cusp of making a constitutional amendment that will undermine fundamental human rights for generations to come.
USA: Time for renewed vigilance for equality and human rights
Statement: The election of Donald Trump as US president begs sober reflection on the role human rights issues have played in the presidential campaign and on the implications of his victory.
Uganda's development policies under scrutiny from UN rights body
Press release: Uganda's development policies have come under international scrutiny as the country appeared before the Human Rights Council.
Ugandan activists take social and economic rights concerns to UN
Press release: Ugandan civil society is meeting with members of the Human Rights Council ahead of the country's appearance before the Universal Periodic Review.
The Universal Periodic Review: A Skewed Agenda?

Invitation: This Human Rights Council side event will present findings from new research into whether the UPR is living up to its potential to advance economic, social and cultural rights.
Development without rights? Uganda to face United Nations scrutiny

In advance of Uganda's appearance before the Universal Periodic Review, CESR and ISER publish a new set of factsheets on key economic and social rights issues.
Accountability left behind in SDG follow-up and review
by Lena Kahler
August 16th, 2016
The UN recently hosted its first review of progress towards the SDGs, but the mechanism's weak mandate and structure risk undermining its effectiveness.
From Skopje to Geneva: fighting for Roma women's reproductive rights
CESR has been working closely with the Macedonian Health Education and Research Association in its efforts to hold its government to account.
Spain: Constitutional Court ruling on exclusion of undocumented migrants from health services ignores human rights obligations
Press release: CESR and its partners reiterate that Spain's health reform contravenes international human rights norms and is regressive with regard to the right to health.
Crisis financiera de la CIDH: ¿donde están los recursos para financiar los derechos?
Llamado urgente a los países miembros de la Organización de los Estados Americanos a enfrentar a la crisis financiera que atraviesa la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos.
The IACHR financial crisis: where are the resources to finance human rights?
Joint statement: An urgent call to OAS Member States to tackle the funding crisis at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Rising to meet austerity’s onward march in Latin America
May 17th, 2016
CESR and its partners in the Latin America have organized a landmark event, Fiscal Policy and Human Rights in Times of Austerity, at the Inter-American Commission on Human 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.
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.
Fiscal Policy and Human Rights in the Americas
Invitation: CESR invites you to a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights examining the relationship between fiscal policy and human rights.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
CESR pays tribute to Odindo Opiata
CESR is deeply saddened by the loss of our ally and friend Odindo Opiata, one of Kenya's most important human rights defenders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
Voices for Social Justice - The Influence and Impact of the United Nations Special Procedures
Panel discussion: On Tuesday 22 October, CESR and its partners will host an informal dialogue at Columbia University in New York examining the achievements of several key ESCR Special Procedures.
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.
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.
Vienna+20 declaration demands primacy of rights
Joint declaration: CESR has joined a new civil society declaration released to mark the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action.
New publication and panel event highlight need for human rights in post-2015 agenda
Two events at the UN headquarters in New York present findings from global consultations on the post-2015 agenda and launch a new publication on the role accountability must play in the framework.
Twenty years of economic and social rights advocacy
Video: On 4 February 2013, CESR and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice hosted a panel event and reception in NYU celebrating 20 years of economic and social rights advocacy.
Promoting Empowerment through the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Side event: On Friday February 8, CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz will join leading figures from the spheres of human rights and diplomacy for a panel event at the UN headquarters in New York.
Twenty years of economic and social rights advocacy
CESR event: The Center is hosting a panel event on Monday 4 February in New York University which will explore progress in field of economic and social rights since the Vienna Declaration.
Time to Make the Financial Sector Accountable to Human Rights
Press release: New website to expose financial sector abuses launched on International Human Rights Day
UN Committee stresses need for human rights in post-2015 agenda
December 6th, 2012
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has issued a letter calling for human rights to be properly integrated into future development plans.
Balancing the books, but neglecting the people
Op-Ed: CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz, writing in the Irish Examiner, examines the parallel patterns of retrogression stemming from Ireland and Spain's respective austerity programs.
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'.
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.
CESR joins letter to EU Heads of State on Financial Transactions Tax
June 27th, 2012
Joint letter: CESR has joined a coalition of 20 other human rights and social justice organizations in calling for bold leadership on the much-needed financial transactions tax.
UN urges governments to prioritize human rights over austerity
June 15th, 2012
News article: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has issued an unusual open letter urging governments to prioritize human rights in times of economic crisis.
‘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.
Ireland: Austerity must not trump human rights in constitutional reforms
Analysis article: CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz unpacks the human rights issues at stake in this week's referendum in Ireland on the EU Fiscal Compact Treaty.
UN calls on Spanish government to 'revise' austerity measures which are harming human rights
Press release: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has echoed civil society demands in questioning the cuts made to social spending in response to the crisis.
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.
UN rights experts join calls for FTT as Global Week of Action gets underway
News: A group of UN human rights experts today released a statement, produced in close collaboration with CESR, echoing the growing calls for a global financial transactions tax.
Social rights; the other deficit
Op-ed Article: To whom is the Spanish state ultimately accountable, the markets or the citizenry? This article by CESR Program Director Gaby Oré was published in El País, Spain's most important newspaper, on 7 May 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Human Rights Groups Urge the United States to Place Greater Focus on Achieving Freedom from Want
November 3rd, 2010
Call Comes as the United States Appears Before the United Nations to Report on Human Rights Compliance.
UNESCO Suspends Dictator Prize After Global Protest
October 21st, 2010
CESR and its partners welcomed UNESCO’s decision today to suspend, indefinitely, the prize funded by and named after President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.
Human rights groups call on UNESCO to cancel dictator prize
October 5th, 2010
Equatorial Guinea Leader’s Corruption and Abuse Taint Award
UNESCO: Pull Obiang Prize
August 12th, 2010
Executive Board Should Cancel Prize at October Meeting
UNESCO: ‘Dictator Prize’ Suspension Only a Temporary Fix
June 15th, 2010
Prize Honoring Equatorial Guinea Leader Should be Cancelled
UNESCO: End Alliance with Corrupt Dictator
May 10th, 2010
UNESCO-Obiang Science Prize Funded by Suspect Money from Equatorial Guinea Leader.
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)
Center for Economic and Social Rights Confirms Ignacio Saiz as Executive Director
July 17th, 2009
Appointment comes at a time when the defense of economic, social and cultural rights is more crucial than ever because of the global economic crisis.
Social Rights in Equatorial Guinea Decline as Economy Grows
July 7th, 2009
Despite becoming a high-income country, Equatorial Guinea has some of the worst economic and social rights indicators in sub-Saharan Africa, a new CESR analysis reveals (English, Spanish).
Human Rights and the Economic Crisis: A Transformative Moment?
June 24th, 2009
The current economic crisis is fast becoming a human rights crisis. CESR urges world leaders meeting in New York this week to seize the opportunity to place human rights principles, not profit, at the heart of crisis responses, economic policy and global economic governance.
Human rights an essential framework for tackling the global economic crisis
May 21st, 2009
CESR's statement at UNCTAD's Public Symposium on the global economic crisis and development stressed the need for a human rights framework.
Child Malnourishment Increases, Access to Water Declines in Bangladesh
April 29th, 2009
New CESR Analysis of Bangladesh’s Economic and Social Rights Focuses on Children’s Rights to Food, Health, Education, Housing and Water
Cambodia's Economic and Social Rights Under Scrutiny
March 23rd, 2009
A New CESR Analysis Asks if Cambodia's Government Is Dedicating Maximum Available Resources to Realizing Economic and Social Rights