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Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: FIDH Launches Updated Guide for Victims and NGOs on Accountability and Redress Mechanisms

With this Guide, FIDH seeks to provide a practical tool for victims and their representatives, NGOs and other civil society groups, including unions, social movements, and activists, to seek justice and obtain reparation for victims of human rights abuses involving multinational corporations.

The 600-plus page Guide explores the different avenues available to victims, including judicial and non-judicial recourse mechanisms. It focuses primarily on violations committed in third countries by or with the support of a transnational corporation, its subsidiaries or its commercial partners...

The Guide is comprised of five sections, which each examine a different avenue for redress, including intergovernmental mechanisms, legal options, mediation mechanisms such as the OECD National Contact Points, complaints mechanisms stemming from financial support received by companies and mechanisms that can be explored according to voluntary commitments taken by companies.

The Guide also reminds us that to date, none of the existing mechanisms can fully live up to the meaning of an effective remedy...