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Essay competition: Tax Justice is a Human Rights Issue

Oxfam and Tax Justice Network are launching an essay competition on tax justice and human rights.


The competition invites both practitioners and students from around the world to explore ways in which governments of developing countries and/or civil society in any country can use existing laws to protect human rights in the face of tax injustice.

Tax evasion and avoidance within and across borders deprive governments of the revenue they need to fulfil their human rights commitments, and in particular their obligation to progressively realize economic and social rights such as the rights to health, education and housing.

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In April 2015 human rights and tax justice organizations, scholars and activists convened in Lima to explore new perspectives set out in the Lima Declaration. Addressing that meeting, Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, said:

“At present, the bottom line is that most human rights specialists don’t appreciate the centrality of tax and the vast majority of tax specialists have very little idea about how human rights are relevant.”

Tax justice and human rights communities are already collaborating to explore innovative ways of converging ideas and possibilities for using legal challenge to confront abusive practices. This competition will play an important part in shaping this work in the coming years.

Deadline for submissions is 13th March 2016.

Please read the details of the Tax Justice and Human Rights Essay Competition.

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