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Historic event on women, human rights and tax justice in Bogota

June 20, 2017   Blog, Events, Human Rights

Last week civil society organisations, researchers, labour union activists and policy makers met in Bogota, Colombia to explore how tax justice issues can ensure governments, multinational corporations and others meet their obligations to women in order to secure their full range of human rights.

The Women’s Rights and Tax Justice conference opened with a conversation between Rosa Pavenelli (Gen.Secretary of Public Services International) Jose Antonio Ocampo, Chairman of the Board of Banco del Republica (Central Bank of Colombia) and Maria Nieves Rico (Director of Gender Affairs, CEPAL) They highlighted how critical it is that multinational companies ‘pay their fair share’ as their contribution to the tax base in jurisdictions in which they operate.

Delegates shared knowledge and expertise on the impacts of the extractive industries, of climate finance and discriminatory tax regimes on women’s human rights. Constitutional and legislative issues, campaigns and points of policy influence were explored, all moving towards a long term vision for collaboration.

The Tax Justice Network was co-organiser of the event and was represented by Liz Nelson, Fariya Mohiuddin and Marta Nuñez, co-presenter of the Tax Justice Network’s monthly Spanish language podcast Justicia Impositiva.

We’ll be writing and researching much more in this under-reported area very soon.

Women’s Rights and Tax Justice: Conference in Bogotá, Colombia

Panaromic view of Bogota

On June 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2017 the Tax Justice Network will be taking part in an important conference of people coming together in Bogotá to discuss the little-understood and under-reported impacts of political decisions on taxation and financial secrecy on women and girls around the world.

Tax justice and gender is a key and developing research and campaigning area for the Tax Justice Network. Our head of tax, human rights and gender Liz Nelson will report back on this fascinating line-up (detailed below) with her take on the event and future steps to protect the futures of half of the world’s population from the damage done to them in environments that are delivering poorly on tax justice.

You can find the details of the conference in Spanish here and it will be livestreamed via this link here.

The conference hashtags are: #TaxJustice4Women17 and #JusticiaFiscalParaMujeres17

Evading Tax and Avoiding Tax Evasion: for decades British governments have shied away from tackling cross border crime

May 19, 2017   Blog, Corruption, Secrecy, Tax Havens

Guest blog authored by Dr Michael Woodiwiss (Arts and Cultural Industries, University of the West of England) and Dr Mary Alice Young (Bristol Law School, University of the West of England)

Al Capone: tax evader

Al Capone: tax evader

In the 1920s, an embryonic tax collecting organisation was steadily growing in the US. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was an agency ignored by the majority of Americans. However, the tide turned in 1931 when the IRS secured the conviction of Chicago gangster Al Capone for tax evasion.

The U.K. post-general election: strong, stable and still kind to criminals

May 10, 2017   Blog, Corruption, Tax Havens

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election. We’d like to share with you the thoughts of Dr Mary Alice Young (Bristol Law School, University of the West of England) and Dr Michael Woodiwiss (Arts and Cultural Industries, University of the West of England) on the implications for the UK’s secrecy jurisdictions or satellite havens and for corruption opportunities globally:

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