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Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

A common narrative in the human rights community is that human rights are neutral towards the type of water and sanitation provision and provider. The present report challenges this narrative. In the report, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, starts from the premise that specific risks to the enjoyment of the human rights to water and sanitation in situations of privatization exist, and that the exploration of the legal, theoretical and empirical dimensions of these risks is necessary and relevant.

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Re-empowering Public Services in a time of COVID-19

Extract from the civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020. Frontline public service workers continue to receive praise and support for their vital role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Yet these underfunded public services and brutal working conditions are not inevitable. They are the result of decades of the neo-liberal ideology choices : deliberate erosion of our public services through budget cuts, privatization and understaffing.

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O outro vírus: a fraude fiscal

Além de explicar como a estrutura desigual de impostos na América Latina está impactando negativamente a região no combate à pandemia, o artigo traz uma série de recomendações de políticas que os governos devem adotar para pagar a crise, financiar os serviços públicos e reduzir a desigualdade social.

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Taking our public services back in house - Compendium of 50 remunicipalisation case studies

This compendium of 50 remunicipalisation case studies is the second part of the report "Taking our public services back in house", a remunicipalisation guide for workers and trade unions. Commissioned by PSI to Dr. Vera Weghmann from the University of Greenwich, this new guide provides a timely, extensive analysis and case studies to support PSI affiliates in the process of reclaiming public service ownership and control in the common interest.

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Strong public and social housing services: a key asset in halting global pandemics

As public authorities seek to provide lockdown and safety measures to beat Covid-19, and are forced to rethink and adapt their policies, public and social housing clearly emerge as an essential part of the solution to beating pandemics and protecting public health. Read here PSI’s new paper “Strong public and social housing services: a key asset in halting global pandemics.”