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EU should ensure proposed binding treaty is enforceable at 2nd Intergovt. Working Group meeting, say campaigners

"#StopCorporateAbuse: Why we need rights for people and rules for business", 24 Oct 2016

This week, an historic proposal will be discussed in Geneva that could hold transnational corporations and other business enterprises to account for corporate abuses under international human rights law. The UN is calling on governments to work on developing a set of legally-binding rules known as the UN treaty on business and human rights...The European Union (EU) has been reluctant to join these discussions as a bloc before, but will be present now, following pressure from organizations...During the discussion, the EU...should ensure the treaty is binding and enforceable...Access to justice should also be central, not only in victims’ own states, but in all states with jurisdiction over transnational corporations...It’s an opportunity for the EU as a whole to show it is serious about preventing corporate abuse, and ensuring the fundamental human rights of people...Friends of the Earth Europe and ECCJ will be present in Geneva alongside a broad alliance of organizations, called the Treaty Alliance, pushing for rights for people and rules for business.  You can follow developments on twitter with the hashtags #bindingtreaty and #StopCorporateAbuse...

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