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8 May 2015

Centre for Social & Economic Rights, CESR

Civil society organizations discuss how to better link tax justice & human rights movements, including company impacts

“Building the Foundation for Tax Justice through Human Rights”

For years, the tax justice and human rights movements have worked along parallel paths to confront the rampant inequality and socio-economic deprivation that result from unfair fiscal policies and blight the lives of billions. These two communities of practice joined forces together last week in Lima, Peru for an international strategy meeting, Advancing Tax Justice through Human Rights, to build a platform for strategy-exchange and alliance-forming...[This] landmark event on 29 and 30 April brought together economists, tax experts, development professionals, academics, strategic litigators and human rights practitioners from all over the planet…Examples from around the world showed how mass-scale tax evasion within and across borders deprive governments of the resources they need to fulfil their human rights and development commitments…Participants discussed a broad range of concrete instances in which invoking human rights could transform tax policy into a proactive means of, for instance, combating gender inequality; holding transnational companies, their enablers and the public facilitators of cross-border tax abuse accountable; making income and capital taxes more progressive; promoting more participatory budgetting, and regulating investment to ensure it contributes to fighting inequality…