Joint written statement submitted by International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, Tides Center Project International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Author: International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, Tides Center Project International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), Published on: 24 June 2015

...Following the development of a new OEIWG the Corporate Accountability Working Group (CAWG) of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), together with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), launched a joint two-year project called the ‘Treaty Initiative’ in January 2015. An Expert Legal Group (ELG) has been established to work with civil society in all global south regions to develop legal proposals...Legal proposals developed from the consultations will be submitted to the OEIWG...Considering that the scope of the proposed treaty is likely to be one of the key issues debated/discussed during the first OEIWG session, this paper seeks to outline scope-related contentious aspects and develop potential options in consultation with civil society organisations (CSOs) so as to inform the OEIWG’s mandate. In particular, the paper will articulate options which respond to the challenges highlighted during consultations by affected people and/or CSOs in holding companies accountable for human rights abuses5 and what kind of the proposed international instrument could overcome those challenges...

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