Displaying items by tag: human rights
On Thursday, the European Parliament will vote on the law on the responsible sourcing of minerals, a regulation aimed at ensuring that revenues from minerals imported into the European Union do not finance infringements of Human Rights and armed conflicts around the world. Civil society organizations have already highlighted that the long-debated final text is less ambitious than the one initially proposed by the Parliament.
CIDSE launches new study on trade & investment and the UN Treaty on Businesses & Human Rights with panel debate at EU Parliament
Today, CIDSE is releasing a new study by Dr. Markus Krajewski of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg that examines how a UN Treaty on businesses and human rights could address potential conflicts between trade and human rights, and that provides model clauses that would help ensure that the protection of human rights is strengthened in the context of trade and investment agreements.
Press release: France adopts corporate duty of vigilance law: a first historic step towards better human rights and environmental protection
The French Parliament has adopted a much-awaited law establishing a duty of vigilance obligation for parent and subcontracting companies. The law marks a historic step towards improving corporate respect for human rights and the environment. CIDSE and its member organisations call on European countries, EU institutions, and the international community to develop similar legislation.
• 2016 registered 233 human rights defenders assaults and 14 homicides, the majority of those remained unpunished
• The EP reports threats and intimidation campaigns towards court officials
• The EP urges both Guatemalan authorities to comply with their human rights obligations and the Congress to ratify the reform justice proposal.
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)
The government of Canada recently announced that it rejected the construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would have cut through the protected forests in British Columbia, but approved two other pipelines, including the controversial Transmountain-Kinder Morgan project, despite staunch opposition by Indigenous communities and municipalities on whose land these pipelines will traverse. In addition, these projects run counter to the government’s commitment to the Paris Agreement to reduce GHG emissions by 2030.
Maryknoll Sister Patricia Ryan and members of the indigenous community where she works in Peru came to Washington, D.C. in September to pursue legal efforts to stop a mining company from polluting their sacred land and water. At the same time, Native American Sioux Indians from Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota were leading demonstrations in front of the White House with a very similar goal.
Le 29 novembre 2016, les députés ont adopté en nouvelle lecture, la proposition de loi sur le devoir de vigilance des sociétés mères et entreprises donneuses d’ordre. Si la société civile espérait une loi plus ambitieuse, ce texte - qui a connu un parcours législatif mouvementé depuis trois ans - représente une avancée importante face à l’impunité des multinationales en termes de respect des droits humains et de l’environnement. Nos organisations saluent cette nouvelle version du texte et appellent le gouvernement à garantir son adoption définitive avant la fin de la mandature.
After a week of activities in Geneva, CIDSE reaffirms its commitment to strengthen international protection of communities from abuses of their human rights by corporations.
CIDSE gathered in Geneva voices from civil society on expectations from the second session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (IGWG).