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This blog entry offers brief comments on three interrelated aspects: the role of international law in regulating corporate conduct impinging upon human rights, the nature and scope of the proposed international instrument(s)

In the middle of last year, the Human Rights Council passed a resolution that establishes ‘an intergovernmental working group on a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights’

It’s been lively, to say the least. The debate over a binding international treaty on corporate human rights responsibilities has revealed deep divisions between the south – largely behind it – and Europe and other OECD member countries, which are staunchly opposed.

After multiple unsuccessful attempts to adopt a set of norms relating to the human rights responsibilities of transnational corporations, the United Nations succeeded in [2011] with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights…

 The EU Ombudsperson assessed a complaint filed by FIDH and VCHR following the European Commission’s refusal to take human rights into account in negotiations for trade and investment agreements with Vietnam

New guide published by Habi Center for Environmental Rights on complaints relating to the right to water

The Global Initiative for ESCR successfully intervened with a Parallel Report laying out the extra-territorial obligations under the ICCPR

MiningWatch Canada considers that victims of criminal acts at the hands of employees of companies such as Barrick Gold require truly independent legal counsel to ensure that their legal and human rights are protected

RAID calls on the UK and other governments to rectify serious problems in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Report from MiningWatch Canada and the United Steelworkers concludes that Canadian diplomats in Mexico were complicit in Toronto-based Excellon Resources Inc.’s efforts to avoid redressing a violated land use contract

Amnesty International, together with ICAR, announce the launch of a new website for the Commerce, Crime, and Human Rights Project

ProDESC is pleased to announce that communal landowners of La Sierrita are exempt from rent payment