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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

Friends of the Earth International urges states to advance talks on binding treaty to reign in corporate abuse

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 ottobre 2017

amsterdamAmsterdam. Ahead of the next round of talks on a UN treaty on transnational corporations and human rights in Geneva on 23-27 October 2017, Friends of the Earth International is urging states to enter constructively on negotiations for a legally binding treaty to hold transnational corporations to account on human rights and environmental abuses.Lucia Ortiz, Friends of the Earth International, said:“There are currently hundreds of legally binding agreements to protect the commercial interests of transnational corporations abroad, but no treaty to hold them to account on human rights. We need a binding treaty that will reign in abuses. Concrete treaty elements are now on the table to provide a minimum basis for negotiations, but the UN process must be protected from undue influence of big business and avoid conflict of interest of non-state actors participation.”According to Friends of the Earth International and its member groups around the world, transnational corporations fuel global climate, food, financial and humanitarian crises, and their disregard for the environment and intimidation of local activists defending it must be stopped. Apollin Koagne Zouapet, Friends of the Earth Africa, said:
“For the thousands of communities affected by corporate impunity in Africa and elsewhere, a treaty would provide the right to justice through an international tribunal. In some cases, the very survival of certain local indigenous peoples depends on it.”Alberto Villarreal, Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean, said:“Transnational corporations are ravaging our territories to further boost profits, but hide behind their hundreds of national identities and their chains of supply to escape responsibility for the impacts of their decisions. The corporate veil must be lifted and corporate decision makers brought to account.” Khalisah Khalid, Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific, said:
“International financial institutions and transnational corporations are currently shielded by immunity from legal suits. The treaty must enable aggrieved parties to hold corporations to account through local courts and international tribunals. It must also protect environment defenders, especially women, who are more vulnerable to pressure when defending their territories form corporate greed.”
Anne van Schaik, Friends of the Earth Europe said:“The European Commission (EC) is still very reluctant to engage in this process.. Yet European citizens and the European Parliament have spoken out repeatedly in support of the treaty. France has already adopted a pioneering law on duty of care for multinationals in 2017 that could inspire them. The EC needs to embrace this opportunity and show its citizens that it cares about human rights.”This will be the third session of the intergovernmental working group (IWG) on transnational corporations and other business enterprises on human rights. Negotiations on the draft text of the Treaty elements are expected and environmental organizations, affected communities and social movements worldwide will be mobilized to monitor the UN process and its outcomes.A Friends of the Earth International delegation will be present at the session, including environmental justice activists, human rights defenders and representatives of affected communities from: Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, El Salvador, Finland, France, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Uruguay.


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