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27 Nov 2012

Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Human Rights Committee recognizes Extra-Territorial Obligations under the ICCPR

The Human Rights Committee recently issued its Concluding Observations, or findings, related to the periodic report of Germany…the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) intervened with a Parallel Report to the Human Rights Committee regarding violations of Germany’s extra-territorial obligation to protect human rights by not regulating or holding accountable a German corporation involved in forced evictions in Uganda. The report covered the forced eviction of the villages of Kitemba, Luwunga, Kijunga and Kirymakole in the Mubende District of Uganda that were carried out in 2001 on behalf of the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe to make way for a coffee plantation…Bret Thiele, Co-Executive Director of the GI-ESCR, “With these clear pronouncements, the Human Rights Committee made clear the extra-territorial scope of human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which now lays the foundation for future advocacy before the Committee, including opening up avenues of accountability and remedies under the Individual Complaint procedure.”