Business & Human rights
CIDSE is advocating for a UN Treaty as a key instrument to protect human rights around the world. As part of its commitment, CIDSE will attend the third session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (IGWG), taking place in Geneva from 23 to 27 October 2017. This will be a decisive week for the UN Treaty: follow CIDSE on Facebook and Twitter for updates from Geneva, stay informed and engage with us!
Invitation to Panel Discussion organised by Pax Christi International, CIDSE and COMECE. Brussels, 31 October 2017, 10.00 - 12.00
CIDSE welcomes the publication on 2 October of elements for the international legally-binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, by the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the UN intergovernmental working group (IGWG) on this matter.
Access to remedy is possible: Analysis shows 7 ways to create an effective UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights
A new report - commissioned by a coalition of eight civil society organisations - shows how a future UN treaty on Business and Human Rights could improve access to remedy for victims of business related human rights abuses. Five well-documented cases of corporate abuse that played out in European courts were analysed – from oil pollution by Shell in Nigeria to waste dumping by Trafigura in Côte d’Ivoire. From these cases, seven recommendations are made for Treaty elements that would improve access to remedy for victims, in advance of the Treaty negotiations that are coming up in October this year.
President of the CCCB asks Prime Minister Trudeau for an ombudsperson for the Canadian extractives sector
On 9th August 2017, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express concern over the environmental degradation and human rights violations caused by Canadian extractive companies operating on Indigenous lands in Latin America.
Recent victories against mining projects in Latin America and Asia increase the pressure for accountability of global businesses
On March 7th, CIDSE co-organized a high-level panel debate at the European Parliament entitled Business and Human Rights: Role and prospects for the European Union, perspectives from North and South in collaboration with the European People’s Party (EPP), CIFCA, Entraide et Fraternité, Broederlijk Delen, Wereldsolidariteit/Solidarité Mondiale, Commission Justice & Paix and Red europea de los comités O. Romero.
On March 2nd, CIDSE President Éamonn Meehan and Secretary General Bernd Nilles joined Fr. Dario Bossi of the Ecumenical network Iglesias y Mineria and Joselma Alves de Oliveira, a resident of the community of Piquiá de Baixo, to meet with Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development at the Vatican.
Violence and insecurity in Central America must be seen as a consequence of deeper, structural problems and not as their cause. Watch this video project by CIDSE, CIFCA and Grupo Sur, addressing some recommendations to the European Union (available in EN-ES-FR)
Letter from the Churches and Mining Network concerning the Shuar Community and the decision of the Ecuadorian Government to close down and dissolve Acción Ecológica. 21 December 2016 (Available in EN and ES)