The Europe-Third World Centre (CETIM),
the Transnational Institute (TNI),
Friends of the Earth (FoE) and
the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power
organized a side event to the 26th session of the Human Rights Council.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014Â ,
Palais des Nations, Geneva
Â Â The Human Rights Council wasÂ discussing a proposal by Ecuador and other countries to develop binding norms on human rights and transnational corporations (TNCs).
Â Â This initiative was supported by 85 countries in a joint statement presented to the Human Rights Council in September last year. Hundreds of social movements and civil society organizations have been demanding a binding international treaty and supports this initiative that could potentially increase access to justice for the victims of human rights violations committed by TNCs.
Â Moderator of the side event to the 26th session of the Human Rights CouncilÂ : Melik Ă–zden, Europe Third World Centre (CETIM)
Speakers:Pablo Fajardo, Lawyer defending the victims of Chevron in Ecuador, Environmental destruction and human rights violations by Chevron in EcuadorBeverly Keene, Jubilee South Permanent Peoples Tribunal-Geneva HearingGoodwin Ojo, Friends of the Earth, Nigeria Environmental destruction and human rights violations by Shell in Nigeria. (See it's contribution at the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, june 2014)Abeer Abuaisha Mahdeya, Stop the Wall / Pengon Palestine, Violation of human rights and right to water by Mekorot in occupied Palestinian territoriesJavier Correa, Sinaltrainal, Colombia, Violations of human rights, labor and trade-union rights by Coca Cola in ColombiaErika Gonzalez, Global Campaign Dismantle Corporate Power and OMALPeoples Treaty ProcessSaul BaĂ±os, National Roundtable against Metalic Mining in El Salvador, Violations of human rights and state sovereignty by Oceana Gold in El Salvador
After discussion at the Human Rights Council the proposal to develop binding norms on human rights and transnational corporations has been adopted two days later the 26 June 2014
See: CETIM - CommuniquĂ© de presse...