Extraterritorial Obligations

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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 | 10-11-2017
Climate Change Extraterritorial Obligations Indigenous Peoples Natural Resources

International delegation pays visit to monitor progress of right to food violations

Delegates from FIAN International, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal visited emblematic cases in the south-west of Nepal, to assess progress, following years of coordinated mobilization and advocacy efforts.

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Press Release | 06-11-2017
Agrarian Reform Agrofuels Extraterritorial Obligations Gender

New strategy to empower the people, dismantle corporate influence

Convening in Nepal, FIAN representatives the world over identified the current struggles for the right to food and nutrition and strategized about building people’s power.

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Press Release | 23-10-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance

Regaining state power over TNCs: UN negotiates treaty

The third UN session to negotiate a treaty on transnational corporations (TNCs) and human rights kicks off amid wide mobilization.

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News | 16-10-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance GNRtFN Nutrition

Hungry for Change

Former UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food Jean Ziegler and FIAN International’s Secretary General Sofia Monsalve point to the ongoing food crisis in an opinion article for TeleSUR

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News | 12-10-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations Land Grabbing

Land grabbing abroad is an EU human rights issue

The European Parliament takes up the issue of the EU’s obligations related to land grabbing by EU actors.

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News | 29-09-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations

Because human rights go beyond borders

A handbook and toolkit on how to monitor States’ compliance with their human rights obligations beyond their own territory are launched to strengthen peoples’ struggles.

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Press Release | 12-09-2017
Agrarian Reform Agrofuels Climate Change Extraterritorial Obligations

The World Food Crisis: The Way Out

With the world still trapped in a multifold crisis, this year’s Right to Food and Nutrition Watch will take stock of the past decade and present thought-provoking discussions and alternative solutions for finding our way out.

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Press Release | 17-07-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance Peasants' Rights Seeds

After G20 fail, people mobilize in Basque Country

After disheartening for-profit, market-based solutions by G20, hundreds of delegates of La Via Campesina (LVC), representing 200 million people, kick off discussions on pressing issues affecting the world’s population.

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News | 22-05-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance

Human rights for people’s sovereignty

The recent booklet by Rolf Künnemann, co-founder of FIAN International, takes the readers to the fundamentals of human rights and to the current conceptual debates and struggles about their future.

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Press Release | 15-05-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance Land Grabbing

Strong call by Treaty Alliance as UN process enters new phase

To be successful, the next session should encourage constructive negotiations between States about concrete and detailed elements of the future treaty, so too for the establishment of a road map for their completion, says the Alliance in a recent statement.

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