Corporate Accountability

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Video featuring Emem Okon, Director of ESCR-Net member organization Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Center in the Niger Delta.

Le Groupe de travail Entreprises et Droits humains du Réseau-DESC travaille à renforcer l'imputabilité des entreprises qui opèrent dans différents secteurs et régions tout en défendant la nécessité de mettre en place des normes internationales qui articulent les responsabilités des entreprises envers les droits humains pouvant être ultimement applicable.

 Read our June 2010 joint statement on business and human rights at the Human Rights Council.

Human Rights organizations submitted a report to the United Nations in Geneva today on the United States failure to hold corporations, including private government contractors, accountable for human rights abuses ranging from human trafficking to murder.

Do you have photos that show the effects businesses have on human rights? Consider donating them to the Business and Human Rights Documentation(B-HRD) Project!

During Unocal's construction of an oil pipeline in Myanmar, it hired Myanmar's military for security while the pipeline was built. The villagers in the area where the pipeline was being constructed alleged the military forcefully evicted them, forced them to work on the project and raped, murdered and tortured them.

ESCR-Net requested that the Brazilian government take steps in response to the violence and tension that broke out at Sygenta Seeds farm in Paraná, Brazil.  It was called on to secure the safety and protect the human rights of the members of MST and Via Campesina, the two groups involved, and to take measures to disband the private security company that caused the violence.

ESCR-Net requested that President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa urge EXCELLON RESOURCES INC mining company of Canada to attend the dialogue table held with the ejido co-owners of the communal land known as "La Sierrita" in the municipality of Tlahualilo, Durango State, Mexico to discuss how to improve the living conditions of the La Sierrita ejido community and to realize their right to decide on the use of their land.