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Why tax is a human rights issue: empowering communities living in poverty to hold governments to account for public services


Sitting on the floor the villagers are drawing a map of their area. They’re marking all the essential services they use, including those that are provided by the government and those that are private. The community map they’re creating has little on it. There is no public school, nor public health clinic. The water borehole they use was built by an NGO. As the women and men discuss, the sense of the government as a provider of public services is almost nonexistent. The access to the local government with the power to make decisions is a district official, in the nearest district town, which is a long distance.

Burrows, Bridget (2015) Why tax is a human rights issue: empowering communities living in poverty to hold governments to account for public services. In: Contemporary Challenges in Securing Human Rights. Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, pp. 67-74. ISBN 978-0-9931102-2-1


Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights offered at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, we are pleased to publish a commemorative edited volume on human rights themes authored by distinguished alumni and faculty.
Subjects: Human Rights & Development Studies
Keywords: human rights, refugee protection, women’s human rights, tax justice, business and human rights, poetry, rights in the digital age
Divisions: Human Rights Consortium
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Collections: Contemporary Challenges in Securing Human Rights
Contemporary Challenges in Securing Human Rights
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DOI: 10.14296/SAS.ICwS.001.10
URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/6209
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