Tax avoidance and evasion, where some in society choose to abandon their wider societal responsibilities at the expense of others, undermines equality. When that inequality reaches a point where some cannot meet their basic needs, it threatens our human rights.
The TJN tax justice and human rights programme will develop a conceptual framework that sets out the intersection between taxation, inequalities and individual rights. Our collaborative research will underpin and strengthen international and country-level advocacy, acting as a resource for civil society, governments and multilateral and regional institutions.
In policy terms, we are working on multiple levels to ensure that global human rights standards, including through SDG targets, explicitly include tax justice requirements and hold governments accountable to them.
This work seeks to build on the increasingly dynamic collaboration between tax justice and human rights advocates, and to explore new alliances that are thereby created to make progress in both fields. With an initial focus on gender, we will continue a model of advocacy that aims to bring disparate actors together in new alliances in order to create deeper awareness and strengthen the narrative of how tax injustice creates and exacerbates inequalities.
Liz Nelson is our director leading the tax justice and human rights programe.
You can contact Liz by emailing liz [at] taxjustice.net