ESCR-Net & FIDH launch 10 key Legal proposals for UN Treaty to stop corporate abuse
ESCR-Net and FIDH, who have jointly run the Treaty Initiative for two years, have launched a legal resource document for advocates and diplomats involved in the UN process to develop a new treaty to address human rights abuses involving the activities of...business enterprises. The 'Ten Key Proposals for the Treaty' publication contains proposals relating to critical issues like the primacy of human rights over trade and investment laws, the scope of the treaty (including options for how the treaty could navigate the polarized debates of whether or not to include domestic businesses) and how the treaty might address the international human rights responsibilities of corporations. This timely resource also covers vital issues like participation and access to information, human rights due diligence, extraterritorial obligations corporate criminal liability and the critical issue of access to justice, including the key elements of potential new international mechanism to address human rights abuses involving corporations. A central aspect of the Treaty Initiative has been the facilitation of ongoing interaction between diverse members and legal practitioners. The Ten Key Proposals will support our members everywhere to engage in detailed advocacy discussions with States involved in the treaty making process for several years to come.