- Published on Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:23
UNHRC moves away from voluntary standards and towards a binding treaty to prevent transnationalcorporations human rights violations
Twenty country members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, representing a population of 3.8 billion people, vote in favour of a historic resolution to build a binding treaty
June 26th, 2014, Geneva – After weeks of negotiation and furious lobbying from Northern countries to avoid the creation of an intergovernmental working group to discuss binding human rights obligations for Transnational Corporations, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted on a resolution to initiate this process. The tense debate surrounding the resolution that was introduced in September 2013 with by 85 countries mostly from the African group, the Arab group and Alba countries, came to an end today with 20 votes in favour, 14 against and 13 abstentions.
- Published on Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:53
by P. Cabezas
Members of the National Roundtable against Mining in El Salvador, La Mesa, announced the presentation of the Pacific Rim-OceanaGold case in this week’s Permanent Peoples' Tribunal held in Geneva, Switzerland.
The tribunal, organized as part of the International Week of Actions to Stop Corporate Impunity, “provides an opportunity to the victims of corporate violations to publicly present their struggle and to demand the justice that they have never achieved. More generally, it aims to provide a truthful and authoritative account of the operations of TNCs and their repercussions on human rights.”
- Published on Friday, 13 June 2014 00:08
As the celebrations for World Environment Day concluded around the world on June 5th, Salvadoran environmentalist were left relishing a rarely felt sense of victory after a demonstration of more than 8000 participants was greeted at the gates of the presidential palace by a high ranking commission of government officials who committed to include their demands in the development of the environmental agenda of the newly sworn in government of President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.
Among the officials who stepped out of the palace to greet the demonstrators was long time environmentalist Angel Ibarra who exchanged friendly smiles and handshakes, this time as the newly appointed Vice-Minister of the Environment. Other high profile officials included Lina Pohl, Minister of the Environment, Roberto Lorenzana, Technical Secretary of the president, and Francis Hato Asbun, Secretary for Governability and National Dialogue.