In June, 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) will analyze the adoption of a resolution to establish a mandatory legal instrument to enforce regulations around human rights and transnational corporations (TNCs). A wide range of international and grassroots organizations are organizing a week of mobilizations in Geneva and around the world to denounce transnational companies and their architecture of impunity against the violations of human rights, protected by global financial institutions (the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, for instance) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) or Association or Investment Protection Agreements that subject the sovereignty of States to business profits.
Real World Radio will cover this week of actions as part of the social communication work of Friends of the Earth International. We invite you to promote this coverage with the hashtag #StopCorporateImpunity.
For the second consecutive year, a delegation of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-VC) appeared before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) to denounce regional human rights violation processes against peasants, which also affect the basic rights of urban communities and countries as a whole. Read more
Twelve cases, several countries, different fundamental rights violated and the same modus operandi: transnational corporations act in the exact same way when it comes to avoiding responsibilities and duplicating profits. Read more
Political prisoners, arrest warrants and attacks against women and Mayan indigenous communities is the result of investments in Guatemala by Spanish company Hidralia SA, responsible for the Hidro Santa Cruz project in Huehuetenango department. Watch video
Although it is possible to trace its origins back to the opposition by social organizations to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and even the mobilizations that exposed the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the reproduction of dependence at world level, the Dismantle Corporate Power and Impunity campaign was created two years ago and last week it had a political victory that could imply a turning point. Read more
These were the words chosen by Real World Radio´s correspondent, Ignacio Cirio, to start his special report from Geneva, Switzerland, following his reporting of the big news: the United Nations Human Rights Council approved the creation of an intergovernmental group to create a binding treaty on corporations and human rights. Read more
At noon, European time, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved Ecuador and South Africa´s proposal to create an intergovernmental working group to prepare a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights, against strong pressure from the US. Read more
The complicity of some States with reference to the actions of transnational companies, in addition to the lack of access to the legal system by the victims, the adoption of investment protection and promotion agreements and the massive transfer of public funds to increase private profit are, among many others, some of the aspects identified by the Permanent Peoples Tribunal that was held on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more
A special hearing of the Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal (PPT) started on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland in the framework of a week of mobilizations for the UN Human Rights Council to create an intergovernmental working group that establishes binding regulations for transnational corporations on human rights. See gallery
The mobilization week to achieve an international treaty to regulate and force transnational companies to respect human rights, respect international laws and hold countries of origin responsible for the actions of their companies in the South, started this Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, with a special hearing by the Permanent Peoples´ Trbunal where Shell, Glencore, Mekorot, Chevron, Pacific Rim and Hidralia, among other transnational corporations, were accused of humanitarian and environmental rights abuses. Read more
Interview with Anne van Schaik of the Dismantle Corporate Power Campaign of Friends of the Earth Europe on the mobilization week in Geneva against impunity and corporate crimes. Read more
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