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30 Jun 2015


CIDSE briefing note on scope & format of proposed binding treaty

"UN Business & Human Rights Framework: Time to open constructive discussions towards developing an international legally binding instrument", 30 Jun 2015

...The first session of the IGWG will take place on 6-9 July in Geneva...Governments and other concerned actors are preparing for the 1st session of the IGWG...which will address the principles, scope and format of the instrument...CIDSE, together with other groups, has made a submission to the IGWG...[T]he submission advances the following: All human rights should be incorporated...[T]he Treaty would not exclude any business category, its main objective and focus should be...transnational operations...A Treaty should clarify the State duty to ensure corporate human rights due diligence...The Treaty should specify the State duty to provide access to remedies...By ratifying this instrument, a State would express its consent to a new monitoring and enforcement mechanism...It is now time to open constructive discussions in the IGWG towards developing an international legally binding instrument that can make an important contribution toeffectively stopping the occurrence of human rights abuses by businesses on the ground.