Fourth UN Intergovt. Working Group session on proposed business & human rights treaty (15-19 Oct 2018)
This page provides information on the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group: includes daily summaries, reactions from states and govts. and the latest commentary.
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- Civil society organizations from across the globe demand that the Treaty establish direct obligations on companies and include the criminal liability of companies and individuals.
- Human rights organizations highlight that Treaty must ensure effective protection in conflict-affected areas, including those under occupation
- Numerous stakeholders call for the inclusion of provisions on the protection of human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders, as key actors for corporate accountability.
- The need to address gender-specific risks was highlighted on several occasions.
- Stakeholders call for a clear definition of “victims” under the Treaty.
- ECCJ - Day 5 of negotiations for a UN Binding Treaty on Business & Human Rights
- In the morning, the Optional Protocol was presented and the panel discussion focused on the voice of the victims
- The afternoon session was about the adoption of the report
- The Chair-Rapporteur issued recommendations, including:
- inviting relevant stakeholders to submit comments and proposals on the draft of the legally binding instrument by the end of February 2019
- present a revised draft of the legally binding instrument by the end of June 2019
- informal consultations with relevant stakeholders will be held before the fifth session of the Intergovt. Working Group
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