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24 Jul 2018

Public Services International

UN Working Group takes key step towards binding international treaty on Business and Human Rights

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...Although the draft release is good news for campaigners, the path towards the application of a legally binding instrument remains very difficult.  Major nations including the USA and many EU states, have actively worked against efforts by countries such as Ecuador to advance the debate.  The text, which will be debated in the 4th session of the Working Group, highlights many of the substantive issues discussed in previous sessions and represents a good starting point for the next phase of the debate...PSI [Public Services Intl.] hopes that in the forthcoming discussions the consensus to retain the fundamental principles in the final text – such as the primacy of human rights obligations over trade and investment agreements, protection of all human rights recognized in international instruments, access to justice and effective remedy for the victims – will prevail...The success...in this process for the adoption of a binding treaty on human rights also depends on the moral authority of the main supporters and promoters of the instrument...