Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) will be present the first week of June in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council, aiming to exert pressure for the adoption of a binding treaty on human rights violations perpetrated by transnational corporations. The Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, which is working for this treaty, and of which FoEI is member, will hold several parallel events. Real World Radio will cover the activities carried out by Friends of the Earth International and the Global Campaign in Geneva.
The pressure in the framework of the UN in favor of guiding principles on business and human rights is quite strong, said Karin Nansen, Chair at Friends of the Earth International. “But we have seen that these guiding principles don't work in reality and the will never work, because they are voluntary principles, and it is up to corporations to follow them or not”. Read more
The actions by transnational corporations against the rights of countries and communities, together with the militarization of the territories and the criminalization of social protests are escalating. A Binding Treaty that forces corporations to comply with human rights principles is urgently needed, according to the representatives of several organizations who participated in a side event, held in parallel to the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read more
Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean - ATALC - and Friends of the Earth International - FoEI Read more
On June 5th, 1967, Israeli military forces attacked Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan armies, in what was the beginning of the “Six-Day War” which resulted in the Israeli seizure of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza (the three of them Palestinian Territories), Golan Heights (Syria) and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt. This Monday marks 50 years of the occupation. Read more
Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) already has a delegation in Geneva, Switzerland, to show the new regular session of the UN Human Rights Council –to take place from June 6th – 23rd, the widespread support to the negotiations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights, under negotiation in this multilateral framework. Read more
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