Fiscal Justice and
Human Rights Week


Join a 5-day online event in which Latin America and the world will learn about the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy. Throughout the week, you will be able to participate in several sessions on fiscal policy and environment, gender equality, racial justice and more. 

From 17th to 21st of May, a group of civil society organizations, experts, activists and social movements will launch the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy. This is the outcome of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, 3-year process that collects and consolidates a series of human rights standards that States should follow and respect when implementing their fiscal policies.

We are taking this opportunity to co-host different events to discuss issues that have long affected the region and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. Gender gaps, the global climate and environmental crisis, ethnic and racial injustices all require urgent long-term economic responses.

The ultimate goal of the Week will be to strategize how we can leverage the opportunities that arise in this context to promote fiscal policies that are inclusive, advance human rights and are responsive to the current crisis. We will also evaluate how the Principles can contribute to building an economy that puts people and the planet first.

From this website you'll be able to register for all the events, follow the highlights of the Week and much more! 

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How to register for the events

Registration is free and very simple!
Please check out the Week's agenda to select the events which you are interested in participating in, and click on the registration link via Zoom. Once registered, you should receive a confirmation email. You can register for as many events as you want.
If you have any issues when registering for the events or any additional technical problems, please write to us at contacto@derechosypoliticafiscal.org 

All the sessions will have simultaneous interpretation to English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Agenda for the Fiscal Justice and Human Rights Week

17th - 21st May
Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy - Launch event




Time: 9AM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 10AM NY- Santiago/ 11AM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 4PM Madrid

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Debt, Austerity and Human Rights in Latin America




Time: 10AM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 11 AM NY- Santiago/ 12PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 5PM Madrid   

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How to leverage the Principles on Human Rights in Fiscal Policy to realize rights and challenge retrogressions?

Time: 2PM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 3 PM NY- Santiago/ 4PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 9PM Madrid 

Closed
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Non-discrimination and fiscal policy: What can we learn from the feminist experience?

Time: 9AM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 10 AM NY- Santiago/ 11 AM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 4PM Madrid 

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Indigenous peoples, fiscal justice and economic alternatives

Time: 3PM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 4PM NY- Santiago/ 5PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 9PM Madrid  

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Constitutions, economic alternatives, and Human Rights: Towards more equal covenants

Time: 4PM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 5PM NY- Santiago/ 6PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 11PM Madrid 

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Fiscal policy as a key tool to advance environmental and climate justice in Latin America

Time: 9AM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 10 AM NY- Santiago/ 11 AM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 4PM Madrid 

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Fiscal Policy and the Right to Housing

Time: 3PM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 4PM NY- Santiago/ 5PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 9PM Madrid  

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Fiscal accountability and Human Rights

Time: 4PM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 5PM NY- Santiago/ 6PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 11PM Madrid 

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Fiscal Policy and Human Rights in Central America

Time: 10AM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 11AM NY- Santiago/ 12AM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 5PM Madrid 

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COVID19 and socioeconomic policies in LATAM & Caribe

Time: 3PM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 4PM NY- Santiago/ 5PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 10PM Madrid  

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Taxes in the spotlight: fiscal transparency and human rights

Time: 4PM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 5PM NY- Santiago/ 6PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 11PM Madrid 

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Leveraging the Principles in Global Struggles for Fiscal Justice

Time: 9AM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 10 AM NY- Santiago/ 11 AM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 4PM Madrid 

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Advancing racial equity in Latin America: the opportunities and challenges of fiscal policy

Time: 4PM Bogotá- Lima-CDMX/ 5PM NY- Santiago/ 6PM Sao Paulo- Buenos Aires/ 11PM Madrid 

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What are the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy?

When people demand to be vaccinated against COVID-19, call for more investment in public services, programs to combat gender-based violence or to tackle the climate crisis, it is very common to hear governments respond that they don't have enough resources, or that fiscal sustainability is under threat.

However, the same fiscal policies that result in insufficient resources or unfair distribution are decided in opaque and exclusive spaces, disconnected from the communities' needs.

Tired of this dynamic and the same discredited dogmas holding sway, seven non-profit organizations from Latin America decided to join other actors from civil society to raise their voices and call for more just fiscal policies. We did it partly by showing with solid evidence that States can and should mobilize more resources to ensure our rights. How? By promoting fiscal policies that are based on human rights standards, and hold States and companies accountable to these.

The 15 Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy –drafted by a Committee of Experts and informed by a series of dialogues with different social movements, are aimed at providing States and other relevant actors with information about the scope, nature and implications of their obligations. Similarly, they can be a useful tool for monitoring bodies and communities to claim for better fiscal policies.

Our hope is that the Principles can help States to comply with their commitments, multinational corporations and the richest individuals to pay their fair share, and the people to demand fiscal policies that are responsive to their needs.  

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Meet the Principles

  1. The realization of human rights must be a fundamental objective of fiscal policy.
  2. National and international obligations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights impose limits on the discretion of States in relation to fiscal policy.
  3. States must ensure that their fiscal policy is in line with the pursuit of social justice.
  4. States must ensure their fiscal policy is environmentally sustainable.
  5. States must eliminate structural discrimination and promote substantive equality through their fiscal policy. In the design and implementation of fiscal policies, States must incorporate the perspectives of groups who suffer from discrimination, and implement affirmative actions when necessary.
  6. States must promote substantive gender equality and intersectionality through their fiscal policy.
  7. Fiscal policy must be transparent, participatory and accountable. People have a right to fiscal information.
  8. States must adopt all the necessary financial and fiscal measures to realize human rights, within a sustainable fiscal framework.
  9. States must guarantee minimum essential levels of economic, social, and cultural rights in their fiscal policy as a matter of priority.
  10. States must, by means of their fiscal policy, mobilize the maximum of available resources to achieve progressively the full realization of economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights.
  11. States must ensure their fiscal policy does not generate unjustified regression in protection of economic, social, and cultural rights, even in contexts of economic crisis .
  12. States are empowered, and on occasions obliged, to encourage or discourage certain conducts and correct externalities through specific fiscal policy instruments in order to guarantee human rights.
  13. States, and the international institutions of which they are members, must offer international assistance and cooperation in fiscal matters, and create an enabling environment of global governance, with the aim of achieving the full realization of human rights.
  14. Non-state actors, including companies and their intermediaries, have human rights responsibilities in relation to their fiscal conduct.
  15. States must establish appropriate remedies for human rights violations related to fiscal policy, irrespective of whether the rights violated are civil, political, social, economic or cultural rights.

Read the full document outlining the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy, which includes guidelines for States and other relevant actors.

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Give your support to the Principles

Keep informed on the Initiative for Human Rights Principles in Fiscal Policy!
The group of organizations that make up the Initiative carries out a wide range of activities aimed at putting people and planet at the center of fiscal policies. Subscribe here to keep informed of our activities.

If you want to share ideas on how to collaborate with us, please contact us at contacto@derechosypoliticafiscal.org

Privacy notice: All the information that you provide us will be confidential and will only be used by the organizations of the Initiative to keep you informed about the project, as well as to invite you to support our specific activities. 

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About the Initiative

The Initiative for Human Rights Principles in Fiscal Policy works to develop and disseminate the Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy. The Principles translate the general norms and standards of human rights into more concrete, practical guidelines for fiscal policy, based on a rigorous analysis from different sources. In addition, the Initiative aims to encourage the use and implementation of the Principles by regional, national and local actors.

The Initiative is a project focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, organized in an open, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and diverse way, including in terms of gender and regional diversity.

It has two major structures:
• A Committee of Experts, in charge of drafting and adopting the Principles
• A Steering Committee, made up of seven organizations in the region in charge of the administration of the initiative and the communication and dissemination of the Principles.   

Organizations that are members of the Initiative

Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia, ACIJ (Argentina) https://acij.org.ar

Center for Economic and Social Rights, CESR (International) https://www.cesr.org

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, CELS (Argentina) https://www.cels.org.ar/web/

Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad, DEJUSTICIA (Colombia) https://www.dejusticia.org

Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación (Mexico) https://fundar.org.mx

Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos, INESC (Brazil) https://www.inesc.org.br/es/

Red de Justicia Fiscal para América Latina y El Caribe, RJFALyC (Regional) https://www.facebook.com/RJFALyC/

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