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.
The CIDSE Board of Directors has elected Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of the Irish Catholic international development agency Trócaire, as its new President. The election took place today, during the board’s annual meeting.