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22 Jun 2015

Amnesty International

Amnesty Intl. urges govts. to participate "constructively and in good faith" in intergovt. working group on proposed binding treaty

"All States must participate in good faith in the UN intergovernmental working group on business and human rights", 18 Jun 2015

The first session of...the IGWG will take place from 6 to 10 July, 2015. Amnesty International expresses its support for this process and urges all States to participate constructively and in good faith...Calls by civil society for a treaty largely stem from the failure of States to turn their existing commitments into action and implement existing international standards...The international community now has an opportunity to begin discussions about the measures needed to collectively address these long recognised gaps and level the playing field between States...Amnesty International calls on all States to set the process off positively by participating constructively, with a view to defining critical questions around the possible content, scope, nature and form of a future international instrument on business and human rights...Amnesty International also urges the IGWG to allow the fullest possible participation of individuals and communities who have been or are being negatively impacted by corporate activities...The process must be conducted transparently...