From October 24-29, tens of social movements and organizations that are part of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity will hold a “Week of Mobilization” in Geneva, Switzerland, to push for a UN binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations. That same week, the Intergovernmental Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in charge of discussing and developing this binding instrument, will hold its second session at the Palais des Nations. Real World Radio will cover the official talks and will join social movements inside the Palais des Nations and will participate in the parallel activities and mobilizations in the streets of Geneva.
Anne van Schaik, member of Friends of the Earth Europe, welcomed the participation of the European Union and several of its member countries in the UN negotiations on a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations. Nevertheless, the activist expressed her concern over the fact that this participation was not constructive. Read more
“I think it is logical, there should be a sort of parallelism. If you have benefits from all these countries you should also accept to repay in all these countries and allow jurisdiction for the victims in all those countries”, said Apollin Koagne, Senior Lawyer of the Center for the Environment and Development – Friends of the Earth Cameroon, in relation to transnational corporations and their human rights abuses. Read more
Lack of information and illiteracy suffered by local communities in Mozambique are deepened and exploited by big transnational corporations in order to take over lands and water, denounced the activist of the World March of Women in that country, Suzete Marques. Read more
WALHI – Friends of the Earth Indonesia submitted to the Intergovernmental Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council that is negotiating a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations, the case of land and forest fires caused in the country by the production of palm oil. 23 people died in 2015 suffering from serious respiratory infections and 40 million people have been affected in total by the fires. Read more
Environmental federation Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) commended this Friday the “increasing support, interest and mobilization” in Geneva, Switzerland, during the new round of UN negotiations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations, and called to continue mobilizing towards the new stage of negotiations for a “strong and effective Treaty”. Watch video
“National laws aren’t working. African states, Latin American states, the states of the global South sometimes are much much less powerful than the companies they are dealing with. So it’s really impossible to expect that a state such as Mozambique just go against a company such as Vale”, said Erika Mendes, activist at Justiça Ambiental – Friends of the Earth Mozambique, in an interview with Real World Radio. Read more
The representative of the Popular Council for the Protection of the Jordan Valley (Palestine), Abu Saker, warned in Geneva (Switzerland) about the demolition by Israel of Palestinian houses and infrastructure in occupied territories, Israeli violations of numerous international conventions, the stealing of water and natural resources, and abuses by water company Mekorot. Watch video
Social movements and organizations of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity delivered on Thursday a letter to the Permanent Mission of Honduras in Geneva, where they demand justice over the murder of environmental and human rights defenders in the Central American country. Read more
A side event titled “Corporate accountability precedents from the WHO (World Health Organization) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its application to the binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights” was held on Monday at the Palais des Nations, UN headquarters in Geneva. Read more
The President of the Board of the Transnational Institute (TNI), and prolific author on global social justice issues, Susan George, denounced on Monday in Geneva the Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, present in the Bilateral Investment Treaties and which allows transnational corporations to sue governments. Watch video
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