| 24-10-2016

Week of Mobilization to #StopCorporateAbuse

Timed to coincide with the UN Member State negotiations to establish a legally binding instrument to regulate activities by Transnational Corporations, the Treaty Alliance mobilizes in and out Palais des Nations and calls for action.

The second session of the UN Intergovernmental Open-ended Working Group (IGWG) towards a Treaty on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and Other Business Enterprises (OBEs) with Respect to Human Rights kicks off today amid international mobilization. Under the heading #StopCorporateAbuse, the Treaty Alliance will bring the voices of communities facing human rights abuses by Transnational Corporations to the UN Human Rights Council.
 
Commenting on the UN IGWG second session, Ana Maria Suarez Franco, FIAN International’s representative to the UN, says : “This will be a historic opportunity to ensure that the contents of the future Treaty stop corporate impunity; strengthen accountability of States, including their  extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) and ; ensure  effective access to justice and remedy for affected people. It is of crucial importance that individuals and communities join and support the mobilization as human rights abuses by TNCs and OBEs are on the rise”.

As echoed by the Treaty Alliance’s     latest statement, there are growing threats and attacks on human rights defenders working to hold companies accountable when human rights abuses occur. Investigation of and punishment for the perpetrators are indeed two of the most imperative demands by civil society. “In addition to substantive human rights protections, the legally binding instrument on TNCs-OBEs must contain provisions that enhance a protection regime for human rights defenders and whistle blowers,” reads the statement.

As a member of the Treaty Alliance, as well as participant in the campaign initiative “    Dismantle Corporate Power”, FIAN International rejects any actions and attempts by corporations to directly or indirectly unduly influence the process, the position of States and other actors and to capture the terms of the debate. States must ensure the legally binding instrument incorporates protections against undue influence by corporations of national regulatory and policy debates in which they have an inherent conflict of interest.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

  • The Alliance has been working together towards a legally binding instrument since 2013, when it first released a series of demands, including the passage of a UN Human Rights Council Resolution to establish an IGWG with a mandate to develop the treaty.     www.treatymovement.com 
  • The first session of the IGWG (July 2015) was acknowledged by the Treaty Alliance as a space where “civil society, expert panelists and most States engaged constructively in the negotiations, despite intense EU efforts to derail the talks”.