Three years after the Arab Spring, life for ordinary people in Egypt is getting worse instead of better. Poverty levels, which have gone up by 50 percent over the last 15 years, appear to be worsening in the wake of the revolution. Food prices are meanwhile soaring and unemployment, which is particularly pronounced among young people, is likewise on the rise. The quality of education is among the lowest in the world, and adequate housing and healthcare are out of reach for large sectors of the population.
Barely two years remain before the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), yet it has become painfully clear that many of the targets set out in the MDGs will not be met. A new CESR primer argues that the human rights framework can provide operational principles and standards of conduct to ensure the successor development plan delivers on its promises, however.
10 December 2012 - Washington DC, New York, Johannesburg, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro.
A task force of human rights organizations and networks today launched a website devoted to highlighting the globally growing concern about the impact of financial regulation on human rights.
The financial crisis' harm to enjoyment of human rights worldwide is well documented. Livelihoods, poverty, human rights, freedom of expression and mobility, identity and sexuality have come under pressure and been radically altered since the financial crisis.
CESR Newsletter, October 2012
As the world marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, two questions arise: how long are we willing to go on tolerating the violence and injustice of extreme poverty? And what can be done to bring about this elusive goal more swiftly?
On December 12 Kenyans celebrated Jamhuri Day, a date which marks both Kenya’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1963 and its establishment as a republic a year later. As anniversaries often do, the date prompted a stock take of the nation-building project in Kenya.
CESR staff member Sally Anne Way took part in an international fact-finding mission to Bolivia in February to address the causes of hunger and malnutrition in the country and investigate the circumstances that produce food insecurity.
Climate change has the potential to exacerbate existing incompliance with economic, social and cultural rights because many countries that are most vulnerable to climate change are ones with weak human rights mechanisms.
Although poor countries are disproportionately feeling the adverse impacts of climate change, however, wealthy countries--the historical CO2 emitters--are dragging their feet on committing to a legally-binding solution, an inaction that led Bolivia's ambassador to the UN to say that wealthy states are "holding humanity hostage." As countries gather this …
"You get up in the morning and it's the fight for food and wood and water." This is how a young widow, mother of four children, describes the struggle of everyday life in Haiti. She was speaking several years before the recent earthquake. For even before the disaster that hit the capital a month ago, the scale of economic and social rights deprivation in the country was already catastrophic.
One in five children under five was severely malnourished. Almost half the population did not have access to safe drinking water.
En las últimas décadas del siglo XX, Guatemala concentró la atención de la comunidad internacional debido a las violaciones masivas y sistemáticas de derechos humanos cometidas en el contexto del conflicto armado. En los primeros años del siglo XXI, el país vuelve a ser tristemente célebre a nivel global debido a un fenómeno que también implica la negación masiva de derechos fundamentales: la desnutrición en la niñez.
MADRID and GUATEMALA CITY--By failing to implement a fair and progressive tax policy, the Guatemalan state systematically violates the economic and social rights of its citizens, according to the results of a two-year independent human rights investigation. The report comes just as the national general budget for 2010 is being debated in the Guatemalan Congress.
The new report focuses on the analyses of three rights: food, health and education, and three serious obstacles that threaten them: child malnutrition, maternal mortality and failure to complete primary school.
El estudio "¿Derechos o privilegios? El compromiso fiscal con la salud, educación y la alimentación en Guatemala", elaborado por el Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales (ICEFI) y el Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) concluyó que, al no implementar una política fiscal progresiva, equitativa y solidaria, el Estado guatemalteco viola los derechos económicos y sociales de las y los ciudadanos.
Making Human Rights Accountability More Graphic
This fact sheet focuses on economic and social rights in Angola.
Making Human Rights Accountability More Graphic
This fact sheet focuses on economic and social rights in Kenya. In light of Kenya's appearance in November 2008 before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, it aims to present background information that could help assess the Kenyan government's compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The fact sheet graphically illustrates selected elements of the realization of the human rights to education, health, food, water and housing.
About the Center for Economic and Social Rights
The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), based in New York, is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social justice through human rights. CESR currently has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and serves as the Secretariat for the International Network on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, with hundreds of member organizations throughout the world.
The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), based in New York, is a non-partisan international organization dedicated to promoting social justice through human rights. CESR has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and serves as the T Secretariat for the International Network on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, with hundreds of member organizations throughout the world.
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