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 | 19-11-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Monitoring and Accountability

Austerity policies double food insecurity in Greece

New research on the impacts of austerity measures on food and agriculture in the country.

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Report | 19-11-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Monitoring and Accountability

Democracy not for sale

The austerity packages imposed on Greece contravened international human rights law.

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Report | 19-11-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Monitoring and Accountability

Democracy not for sale

The austerity packages imposed on Greece contravened international human rights law.

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Press Release | 25-10-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Gender Global Governance

Treaty on TNCs and human rights:the next challenge is draft 1

Prospect of regulating corporations to prevent human rights abuses and violations draws nearer after vibrant discussions at the UN.

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Press Release | 04-07-2018
Extraterritorial Obligations Natural Resources Brazil

Land speculation is leading to human rights violations and eco-destruction in Brazil

A new report uncovers how international pension funds, foreign investments and institutions are tearing down any future for rural communities in Northeastern Brazil.

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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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