Business & Human rights
This week saw the publication of the landmark revised draft of a UN treaty which aims to prevent human rights abuses by transnational corporations and other business enterprises, and close existing gaps in access to justice for victims.
In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations including CIDSE, are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil. The letter is addressed to presidents of the EU institutions ahead of the ministerial-level meeting next week in Brussels where EU and Mercosur foreign ministers aim to finalise the negotiations.
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Comunicado de la Plataforma Europa Perú (PEP), la coalición CNCD-11.11.11 y CIDSE sobre la adopción del “Protocolo para garantizar la protección de personas defensoras de Derechos Humanos” en el Perú.
10 de mayo del 2019
While victims of human rights violations face many barriers when seeking justice from corporations, corporations get a red carpet to sue governments that try regulate them, thanks to a legal mechanism called Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). The Stop ISDS campaign conducted an action in front of the EU before handing a petition against ISDS with 500,000 signatures from European citizens over to the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.
Statement on the Assassination of Dilma Ferreira Silva, leader of Brazil’s Movement of Dam-Affected Peoples (MAB)
In the face of the brutal crime committed on March 22nd against a coordinator of the Movement of Dam-Affected Peoples in Brazil, the undersigned human rights and environmental organizations call on Brazilian authorities and multilateral organizations to ensure that the country’s obligations regarding the protection of human rights and environmental defenders are enforced.
EU-LAT Network and CIDSE; together represent more than 57 European and international organizations, echoing the requests of COPINH supported by representatives of the European Parliament, demands justice, remembrance and guarantees of non-repetition for Berta Cáceres and urges the EU to guarantee free, prior and informed consultation of the communities affected by economic projects in their territories. (See Spanish version below)
Side event organised by Franciscans International, FIDH, FIAN, EURAC, CIDSE, Fastenopfer, Bread for All and WILPF during the UN Human Rights Council 40th Session.
Date: Geneva, 6 March 2019, 15:00-16:00 - Recording of the event
Venue: Palais des Nations - Room XXIV
The dam burst in Brazil is yet another tragic example of the mining sector's negligence in the area of the environment and human rights. Binding international regulations are urgently needed. (Original text in NL - see below)
CIDSE is joining the movement to end corporate privilege. Take part in the action as well!
The first “Thematic Social forum on Mining and Extractivism” is taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 - 15 November 2018.