Corporate accountability for complicity in conflict zones must be on Intergovt. Working Group agenda, says NGO

Author: Daniel Marín López, Dejusticia, Published on: 26 October 2016

"Transitional Justice Architecture and Corporate Accountability", 25 Oct 2016

Given that the main purpose of this panel is to discuss the primary obligations of States on human rights obligations and the scope of the binding instrument specially regarding prevention, remedy, accountability, and access to justice in order to have a comprehensive international instrument that can set standards on relevant issues, such as corporate liability on civil and criminal cases, we want to emphasize the importance of having standards that take into account the special needs of societies around the globe trying to overcome the reality of armed conflict...In regards to the accountability of corporate actors in transitional justice, the evidence shows that both TNC´s and other companies are rarely held accountable...The complicity of corporate actors is not usually taken into account in the design of Truth Commissions...In this sense, an agenda that highlights the importance of considering corporations in the prosecution of grave human rights violations during conflict is paramount...[W]e highly encourage the Working Group to be sensitive of the complex situation of societies overcoming a legacy of violence and past atrocities and to make clear to States...that corporate complicity in grave human rights must be prosecuted in a transitional justice model.  Furthermore, access to remedies must be effective for victims in the design of transitional justice architecture...

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