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Guidance on human rights impact assessments for economic reform policies

I.Call for contributions

Human Rights Council resolution 34/3 requested the Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights to develop guiding principles for human rights impact assessments for economic reform policies, in consultation with States, international financial institutions and other relevant stakeholders. The Independent Expert wants to implement this mandate in a participatory manner in close collaboration with experts from States, international financial institutions and other human rights mechanisms, including experts from National Human Rights Institutions, civil society organizations, scholars and professional organizations working in the field of social and human rights impact assessment. The ambition of the guiding principles is not to develop new human rights standards, but to provide effective and practical guidance and tools to different stakeholders for assessing economic reform policies on the basis of existing human rights standards.

As a first step, the Independent Expert will undertake a mapping of existing human rights impact assessment tools and guidance documents that could or have already been applied in the context of economic reform, austerity and fiscal consolidation policies. He therefore invites Governments, international organizations and international financial institutions, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations, academics and practitioners to share information about relevant standards, tools and examples that could be useful for developing such guidance. In addition, the Independent Expert would like to receive proposals in relation to the content and structure of the guidelines.

Contributions and views can be sent to: ieforeigndebt@ohchr.org by (15 August 2017, deadline extended) and will be published on this website, unless it is indicated that the submission should be kept confidential.

Information submitted will inform a public hearing and expert meeting and forthcoming report of the Independent Expert that will be presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2018.

For more information please download the call for contributions in English ¦ French ¦ Spanish

II. Submissions received

States

International human rights mechanisms

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • Report on austerity measures and economic and social rights  (E/2013/82)

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  • Statement on  Public debt, austerity measures and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (E/C.12/2016/1)

Committee on the Rights of the Child  (CRC/C/GC/19)

  • General Comment No. 19 on public budgeting for the realization of children's rights (art.4)

Reports by the Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights

Reports by the Independent Expert/Special Rapporteur on the question of human rights and extreme poverty

  • Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights  (A/HRC/21/39)
  • A human rights based approach to recovery from global economic and financial crises (A/HRC/17/34)
  • Mission report to Ireland (A/HRC/17/34/Add.2)
  • Human rights policy of the World Bank  (A/70/274)

Reports by the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing

Special Rapporteur on the right to food

  • Guiding principles on human rights impact assessments of trade and investment agreements (A/HRC/19/59/Add.5)
  • Report on the responsibilities of international organizations concerning the right to food (A/60/350)

Council of Europe, Commissioner for Human Rights

International Organizations

National Human Rights Institutions

Civil Society Organisations

Other contributions and additional literature