This entry has been written by Ana Vázquez Ponzone, from the Public Affais Programme of International Federation Fe y Alegría.
The International Federation Fe y Alegría and Centro Bonó from Dominican Republican both belonging to the Society of Jesus, have signed the Lima Declaration on tax justice and human rights, joining other organizations from the civil society engaged in the progress of tax justice through human rights, and the realization of human rights through tax justice.
We think that the right to education for everyone is possible and fundamental so other rights can be exercised and we can pursue the sustainable development. But, for the right to education and other rights to be a reality a fair tax system is needed, tax revenue is the most important, the most reliable and the most sustainable instrument to resource human rights in sufficient, equitable and accountable ways.
The realization of all human rights, likewise, is a core raison d’être of government. It is through respecting, protecting and fulfilling civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights that the state earns its legitimacy to tax. Taxation also plays a fundamental role in redistributing resources in ways that can prevent and redress gender, economic and other inequalities and reduce the disparities in human rights enjoyment that flow from them.
The Declaration makes several calls. To governments, they are asked to evaluate the impact of human rights and equity in their tax regulations; to international institutions to reform the broken world tax system through the integration of human rights standards in the way they face corporate tax evasion and the adverse collateral effects of tax policies of some governments on others- among other measures; to the human rights community to actively test how tax practice affect their mission and to build capacities and practice to promote tax justice in their work; and last, to communities from tax justice and development in general, to incorporate human rights focus in their research and advocacy strategies, to make use of the rules and values of accountability of human rights in the search of a tax justice and a sustainable development.
One of the most urgent challenges in 2015, when the world goals for the next 15 years are being designed and agreed, is to guarantee the material means for the compliance of human rights, among them, the right to long-life quality education for everyone as it reflects ODS number 4 “Guarantee an inclusive, equitable, quality education and promote long-life learning opportunities for everyone”.
From Fe y Alegría, we support with our signatures the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights. Will you join too?
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