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In an article appeared on the Summer 2011 issue of Center Focus, Aldo Caliari describes the discrediting of the two beliefs that kept control of financial regulation in the hands of a small cadre of so-called technical elites for the last two decades. "If we want the next decade to see the emergence of a financial system that serves the common good, it is imperative to ensure that the debate on financial regulation sees the active scrutiny and participation of broad swathes of society," he says.

Can the U.S. afford to recognize economic and social rights in the midst of high unemployment rates at home and an ongoing global economic crisis?

ESCR-Net member NESRI and the Vermont's Worker's Center discuss the the People's Budget Campaign, which seeks to minimize and change the effect of budget cuts on working families in Vermont. Here, two videos highlight this recent work and the universality of the healthcare reform in Vermont along with the need to put people at the center of such campaigns in order to change laws.  Making Human Rights and the needs of the communities a top priority will help shape upcoming laws to benefit workers and their families and to ensure that Vermont's revenue policies focuses on people's basic rights.

Under the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act ("Leadership Act"), U.S. based organizations receiving funding for life-saving HIV prevention work abroad were required to pledge their opposition to prostitution.  Furthermore, on 23 July 2007, USAID and the U.S.

On June 28, 2011, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law and the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) proudly launched the Business and Human Rights Documentation (B-HRD, or Be Heard) Project, an interactive, multi-lingual information portal that provides grassroots groups, NGOs, experts, advocates, academics, and the public at large with vital information about the human rights impacts of business activities, and with much needed advocacy tools to hold businesses accountable in a globalized world.

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United States of America
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Last week, Vermont passed the first-ever universal health care bill in the U.S., creating a path toward a publicly financed system that will provide health care as a public good for all.

 A group of U.S. and international human rights organizations today called on the U.S. government to put a greater focus on achieving freedom from want by implementing its obligation to protect, respect, and fulfill economic and social rights.

The U.S. commitment to freedom from want requires the government to take specific action in its fiscal and monetary policies to prioritize full employment and to ensure that third party behavior does not compromise human rights.