Business & Human rights

Pope Francis in Myanmar

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:58

Pope Francis is currently visiting Myanmar, bringing words of respect and inter-religious peaceful dialogue in a country that has become the subject of international scrutiny for its human rights situation. Several tensions indeed exist in Myanmar, especially related to the plight of the Muslim community in Rakhine state, who self-identify as Rohingya.

Environmental defenders at risk

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 08:55

An interview with Father Rodrigo Peret from Franciscans International, member of Iglesias & Mineria network and of People’s Dialogue, about his recent arrest in Zimbabwe and the threats that environmental defenders face globally.

Extractive industries and human rights in Latin America

Monday, 13 November 2017 10:21

Looking back at the panel discussion “Extractives in Latin America: grassroots and international community responses”

Event: State of the negotiations on a UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Friday, 03 November 2017 12:07

"Is the window of opportunity still open?"
Policy lunch organised by the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) with CIDSE. Brussels, 20 November 2017, 12:00-13:45.
Venue: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU

UN Treaty Negotiations Day 3 - Prevention & Acces to Justice inspire most constructive discussions so far

Thursday, 26 October 2017 18:52

The third day provided for meaningful interventions on the two main agenda items: preventative measures and access to justice. The EU Delegation was active in taking the floor with more constructive speeches on these topics. On the other hand, EU Member States seem comfortable in their position staying behind the institution, with the notable exception of France. Civil society is still expecting that the EU, Member States and other States will stay fully engaged in the current and future sessions.

Report from second day of negotiations on the UN Binding Treaty

Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:54

Substantive discussions on the Treaty’s purpose, scope and general obligations finally took main stage in the second day of sessions. The EU spoke on behalf of the 28 Member States with questions and concerns rather than proposals. Interventions were in general vague and lacked depth, satisfactory for a warm-up session yet will need to become more pragmatic and constructive in the coming days.

Report from first day of negotiations on the UN Binding Treaty

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 09:11

Full house and high participation on the first day. CIDSE especially welcomes that the EU is present alongside a high turnout of Member States. But if the EU wants to live up to its commitment to uphold human rights, a more constructive role is expected. We are hopeful that it will happen in the next days.

Samarco’s mining dam burst at Mariana: why we need a UN treaty

Monday, 23 October 2017 08:29

This dossier, with text, video footage and pictures offers a striking look back at a disaster that resulted in the death of nearly 20 people, the destruction of entire villages and the contamination of two major rivers.

CIDSE in Geneva for the start of negotiations on a treaty to ensure businesses respect human rights

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:19

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!

Extractives in Latin America: which responses at the grassroots, EU & international levels?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:11

Invitation to Panel Discussion organised by Pax Christi International, CIDSE and COMECE. Brussels, 31 October 2017, 10.00 - 12.00