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Video Release – UN Binding Treaty (3/8): “Primacy of Human Rights”

Global Campaign

Alberto Villareal 
(Friends of the Earth Latin America & Caribbean) – REDES AT – FoE Uruguay





Impunity prevails with Transnational corporations (TNCs) that systematically violate human rights. We need an international treaty to ensure that communities affected by TNC crimes have access to justice.


TNCs can sue governments at international investment tribunals, but don’t have any legal obligations to protect our Human Rights. In the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity we have always stressed the importance of focussing on holding transnational corporations accountable for human rights violations.


Alberto Villareal (Friends of the Earth Latin America & Caribbean) explains what the “Arquitecture of Impunity” is and why the Binding Treaty currently discussed at the United Nations should have a clause to prevent the use of ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism). Introduction to the UN Binding Treaty:


Scope we want to see in the UN Binding Treaty: Social organisations and movements, communities affected by the operations of TNCs and others fighting for social and environmental justice around the world, will march to Geneva in October 2019 (12th to 19th)


This will be the fifth time we mobilise for the establishment of a United Nations (UN) treaty that imposes on states and corporations international obligations to guarantee that affected communities, groups and individuals whose human rights have been violated by transnational corporations have access to justice, reparation and remedy.


Read the call to action here:…



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