Day 5 of negotiations for a UN Binding Treaty on Business & Human Rights

Author: ECCJ, Published on: 22 October 2018

The fifth and final day was decisive for the future of a binding UN Treaty on business and human rights. The final report, with its conclusions and recommendations, points the way forward.

The morning session was the last public session and focused on the presentation of the Draft Optional Protocol...

[On that day] the EU asked for the floor for the first time since their opening statement on day one...[and] stressed the [its] big concern about the protection of Human Rights Defenders...

AWRID and Al Haq brought another important aspect to the debate on the missing gender aspect, namely corporate abuse experienced by women in conflict areas...

[Additionally,] in their final statement, the EU clarified that it does not want to block the process but at the same time dissociates itself from the recommendations and conclusions, thus not being bound by them...

The Global Campaign against corporate impunity demanded from the Chair to revise the Zero Draft for the next round of negotiations considering among other points, a provision for an international enforcement mechanism and the creation of an International Court to prosecute TNCs that commit human rights violations and an International Monitoring Center of TNCs...

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