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  • WEEK OF MOBILIZATION TO STOP CORPORATE CRIMES AND IMPUNITY

    FINAL STATEMENT From the Global Campaign Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity

    FINAL STATEMENT From the Global Campaign Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity  Regarding the WEEK OF MOBILIZATION TO STOP CORPORATE CRIMES AND IMPUNITY Social movements demand access to justice for those affected by human rights violations and ecological crimescommitted by corporations! July 2014 -The ongoing and past violations of human rights by Transnational Corporations (TNCs) ●●●

    The Past as Prologue? A Moment of Truth for UN Business and Human Rights Treaty

    Institute for Human RIghts and Business

    by Prof. John Ruggie Calls to regulate transnational corporations (TNCs) through an international treaty instrument go back to the 1970s. Pressure for a treaty has come most persistently from activists, and more intermittently from developing countries. A recent civil society assessment sums up the record to date: “All these efforts met with vigorous opposition from ●●●

    Defending rights from corporate power

    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - CCPA

    On April 24, 2013, an eight-storey building known as Rana Plaza collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 garment workers and injuring thousands of others. The victims, mostly women, worked in factories owned by a number of companies (New Wave Bottoms, Phantom, Ether Tex) that make clothing for high-profile retailers, including Walmart, Loblaw, Benetton, ●●●

  • UN to outlaw corporations’ human rights abuses

    Ecologist

    The United Nations has voted to legislate against human rights abuses carried out by transnational corporations, reports Lucia Ortiz. But the resolution, proposed by Ecuador and South Africa, was opposed by the US and the member states of the EU. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva has voted to start elaborating an international legally ●●●

    Declaration: Hearing of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal Geneva, June 23rd, 2014

    Permanent Peoples Tribunal

      The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) held a Hearing in Geneva on June 23, 2014. (download PDF) The Jury, composed of Juan Hernández Zubizarreta (president), Roberto Schiattarella, Francesco Martone, Renata Reis and Beverly Keene, considered 12 cases in the mining, oil and water sectors. The cases were presented by human rights defenders from communities affected ●●●

    “Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights”

    UN Web TV

    A/HRC/26/L.22/Rev.1 Vote Item:3 – 37th Meeting 26th Regular Session Human Rights Council Votes on Draft Resolutions under Agenda Item:3 – Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic,social and cultural rights, including the right to development. Vote on Draft Resolution A/HRC/26/L.22/Rev.1 – “Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and ●●●

  • FoEI celebrates an agreement on internationally legally binding rules to stop human rights violations by transnational corporations

    Friends Of The Earth International

    GENEVA June 27 2014: Friends of the Earth International and other social movements celebrate a great and long awaited victory that challenges corporate power and starts responding to environmental defenders demands. The time had finally come to move forward from voluntary guidelines for business on human rights to a legal framework to bring transnational corporations ●●●

    Pacific Rim/Oceana Gold taken to trial in Geneva for violations of human rights in El Salvador

    STOP EL SALVADOR MINING

    by P. Cabezas Members of the National Roundtable against Mining in El Salvador, La Mesa, announced the presentation of the Pacific Rim-OceanaGold case in this week’s Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal held in Geneva, Switzerland. The tribunal, organized as part of theInternational Week of Actions to Stop Corporate Impunity, “provides an opportunity to the victims of corporate violations to publicly ●●●

    Social movements celebrate historic vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council: UNHRC moves away from voluntary standards and towards a binding treaty to prevent transnational corporations’ human rights violations

    Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity

    Twenty country members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, representing a population of 3.8 billion people, vote in favour of a historic resolution to build a binding treaty June 26th, 2014, Geneva – After weeks of negotiation and furious lobbying from Northern countries to avoid the creation of an intergovernmental working group to discuss ●●●

  • International jury rules in favour of binding laws for Transnational Corporations

    Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity

      Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal hears compelling testimony from impacted communities while the United Nations Human Rights Council debates a historic proposal to adopt binding codes for TNCs June 26, 2014, Geneva – On Monday June 23rd, representatives from communities impacted by the operations of Glencore, Chevron, Shell and Coca-Cola, among others, presented cases of systematic ●●●

    A New International Debate on Human Rights and Corporations

    Transnational Institute - TNI

    The 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened in Geneva on June 10th. A major focus on the UNHRC agenda is the issue of binding regulations for Transnational Corporations (TNCs). This demand has been raised by Ecuador and 84 other governments in a Statement to the UNHRC last September 2013. The ●●●

    EU Aims to Scuttle Treaty on Human Rights Abuses

    Inter Press Service

    A child labours at a sweatshop in India. Credit: photo stock   UNITED NATIONS, June 24 2014 (IPS) - When the United Nations began negotiating a Code of Conduct for Transnational Corporations (TNCs) back in the 1970s, the proposal never got off the ground because of vigourous opposition both from the powerful business community and its ●●●