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6 Nov 2020

Sr. Jecinter Antoinette Okoth, FSSA

Kenya: Bishops ask government to support UN Binding Treaty on transnational companies

"KENYA: Bishops Ask Government to Support UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Companies", 6 November 2020.

Days after the United Nations (UN) held its 6th session of negotiations around a binding treaty on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) through its Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has urged government to support the current second revised draft of the Treaty aimed to uphold the right of every person to have effective and equal access to justice and remedy in case of violation of international human rights law...“We reiterate our 2019 commitment to the binding treaty on business and human rights and urge the Kenyan Government to fully support the second revised draft to secure the aspirations of the community,” reads the bishops’ statement signed by the CJPC chairman Bishop John Oballa Owaa...

The bishops shared their concern that “communities, private and public firms, profit and non-profit organizations, State and non-State actors including faith-based organizations have been engrossed by fear of the calamitous nature of Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on tumbling both aggregate supply and demand,” and that “The traditional means of production and consumption patterns have been disrupted, some beyond repair while others will recover gradually after the adverse effects of Covid-19 dissipate.”...They added, “The capture of public and state interests by the elite through corporate interests should be condemned since it erodes the much-desired fruits of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from Transnational Companies (TNCs).”...Besides, “the contracts of TNCs should be made public and companies with history of human rights violation in other African nations be barred from transacting business in Kenya,” they said...