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 | 20-03-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Land Grabbing

World Bank Program Forcing Local Communities Off Their Land

The current World Bank’s land titling program in northeastern Brazil is a license for land grabbing.

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Press Release | 12-03-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Land Grabbing Nutrition Zambia

Zambia: UN report points to adverse effects of large-scale agricultural investment

Previously voiced by FIAN International, UN Right to Food Rapporteur confirms large-scale agricultural investments in the country lead to the displacement and worsening of nutrition of communities.

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Press Release | 08-03-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Gender Global Governance

Slamming corporate abuse of women’s rights

The chance to fill the regulatory gaps that would stop the abuse and impunity of corporations over women’s lives and bodies cannot be shut down.

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Press Release | 26-02-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance Land Grabbing Monitoring and Accountability

2017, a year of countering mainstreamed narratives

Last year’s global political scenario led FIAN International to raise important questions on the future of human rights and bring the root causes of right to food violations under the spotlight, as presented in its 2017 Annual Report.

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Press Release | 19-01-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Land Grabbing Natural Resources Brazil

Mission investigates involvement of European money in land grabbing

After documenting dire human rights violations and environmental destruction in Brazil, which is flanked by land grabbing and speculation, an international delegation comes to Europe to investigate links.

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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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