ESC Rights

Restricting junk food advertising: censorship or health protection?

Restricting junk food advertising: censorship or health protection?

It is time for Latin America to take on the challenge and decide whether commercial speech needs to be protected over children’s health or whether it can be restricted in order to prevent increasing children’s obesity rates. The recent decision by the Colombian Constitutional Court is a good step forward, but it is not enough. 

Children first?

Children first?

Our rulers and politicians have accustomed us to speeches where they say that boys and girls are at the center of their governments and policies, but the reality is different. That is why it is time to put children in the center of the state and not at the margin where they have always been.

Gentrification: Borders that amplify inequality

Gentrification: Borders that amplify inequality

In Latin America, gentrification processes affecting social and cultural rights of economically vulnerable populations are becoming more common. In light of these scenarios, there is a clear need to demand the state to carry out urban transformations at the same time it protects memory, cultural expressions, and other elements that characterize our neighborhood. 

The Shrinking of Civic Spaces: What is Happening and What Can We Do?

The Shrinking of Civic Spaces: What is Happening and What Can We Do?

In addition to the threat of populism, human rights face another distinct, yet related phenomenon: the shrinking of civil society spaces around the world. This refers to a global pattern of repression against civil society organizations whereby governments utilize different methods to shrink the civic space, which is also what makes it so difficult to define and thus, combat. 

Tackling the VAT Problem from a Human Rights Perspective

Tackling the VAT Problem from a Human Rights Perspective

In a previous entry, Diana Rodríguez-Franco showed that human rights cannot remain on the sidelines of tax-related discussions given the importance of taxes in the effective financing of rights. If we keep ignoring taxes, we will continue to remain outside the most important public policy discussion of our times.