Poverty, the impact of political decentralization and other structural, political and social characteristics aren't necessarily violations of economic and social rights. How do we know when they are?

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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defining Business Respect For and Protection of Human Rights
NGOs respond to a new UN framework on business and human rights.
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.
Maternal Health Goal May Be Furthest Off-Target
Lack of accountability hampers achievement of MDG 5 on reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to reproductive health care, writes CESR Board Chair Alicia Yamin in a recent journal article.
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.
Human Rights and the Economic Crisis
A new CESR briefing explores the human rights dimensions of the global economic crisis: its consequences, causes and responses.
Rights in Recession?
An analysis by CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz in the summer 2009 Journal of Human Rights Practice addresses the challenges for economic and social rights enforcement during economic crisis.
Decentralization and human rights - Is decentralization good for human rights?
Decentralization of power, responsibilities and resources from central government to local governments has the potential to improve the realization of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights, but decentralization can also have negative impacts.
Poverty and Human Rights - Is poverty a violation of human rights?
Poverty is an assault on human dignity, but it can also reflect a violation of human rights when it is the direct consequence of government policy or is caused by the failure of governments to act.
Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights - a Guide to the Legal Framework
In recent years there has been a surge of interest in economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and more generally in the intersection of economic development and human rights.