Corporate Accountability

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Download below the Summary Report of the International Strategy Meeting on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and ESCR-Net General Assembly, as well as the Social Movements and Grassroots Groups Gathering and Solidarity Visits, which endeavors to capture the main issues discussed, as well as the decisions that were adopted during our enriching meetings in Kenya from 29 November-5 December, 2008.

Nairobi, Kenya: December 1-4, 2008
View Reports from the meeting, the plenary and working sessions, the ESCR-Net General Assembly, and the Social Movements and Grassroots Gathering.

Presented directly to Members of the 8th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva during the first week of June 2008, this Collective Report on Business and Human Rights aims to bring light to situations in which companies have harmed the enjoyment of human rights.

We want to bring your attention to a Joint Written Submission presented to the Human Rights Council by several NGOs, including ESCR-Net, on ways the Council can advance corporate accountability to human rights in the context of defining a follow-on mandate to the one of the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Business and Human Rights, carried out so far by John Ruggie. This submission is the first of a number of advocacy actions ESCR-Net and other organizations will be carrying out at the 8th Session of the HRC in early June. We will keep you informed about these activities.

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Brazil
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Women & ESCR
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United Kingdom
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Strategic Litigation
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Mexico
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Strategic Litigation
OP-ICESCR

We call on you with an urgent request to support the Landless Worker’s Movement (MST in Portuguese) and Via Campesina in Brazil. We have sent a letter of support on behalf of ESCR-Net, calling on the government to protect the lives and respect the human rights of members of MST and their partners. Due to the urgency and seriousness of this situation, we would ask you to consider sending a separate letter from your own organization.