Extraterritorial Obligations

Ecuador 2010 - Mining Protest
While states' obligations under human rights are often seen as being related primarily to persons in their respective territories, in times of globalization, the access of people to food and resources is increasingly influenced by acts or omissions of foreign states, intergovernmental organizations, or by transnational corporations outside their territories.  Extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) have therefore gained importance in the fields of development assistance, trade and investment, and the regulation of transnational corporations.

FIAN is a member of the ETO Consortium - a network of some 80 civil society organizations and academics worldwide (www.etoconsortium.org).  Its purpose is to address the current shortcomings of the interpretation of human rights within a globalized context by mainstreaming states' extraterritorial obligations.  FIAN acts as the secretariat to the ETO Consortium. Consortium members campaign with states, and at the UN level for the application of ETOs in policy fields such as:

 

Financial Regulation, Corruption, Trade, Investment, IPR, Regulation of TNCs, Extractive Industries, Land grabbing, Climate change and Eco-destruction, Development, Accountability of Intergovernmental organizations

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Press Release | 17-07-2017
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News | 22-05-2017
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Press Release | 15-05-2017
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Strong call by Treaty Alliance as UN process enters new phase

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News | 15-05-2017
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New briefings to feed into negotiations on UN peasants‘ rights declaration

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News | 08-05-2017
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News | 10-03-2017
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Press Release | 23-01-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations Indigenous Peoples Argentina

Violent repression of Mapuche indigenous community in Argentina

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News | 02-12-2016
Extraterritorial Obligations Nepal

India-Nepal border research visit on extra-territorial state obligations

International research teams looked into the impact of the Laxmanpur barrage and Kalkalwa Afflux dam, as well as the Dhudwa National park on the livelihoods of local populations.

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Press Release | 24-10-2016
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance

Week of Mobilization to #StopCorporateAbuse

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Press Release | 17-10-2016
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