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28 Oct 2016

International Association of Democratic Lawyers

International Association of Democratic Lawyers Oral Statement on Lessons and challenges on access to remedies

...In this long process of building of our organizations, our guidelines, our resistance, we have accumulated several lessons and challenges.  These include:
- there is a clear policy and a pattern of violation of human rights committed by transnational corporations, in partnership and complicity with many governments and countries, that use similar mechanisms to consolidate their policies of accumulation. For example, the mining company Vale, violates labor, environmental and political rights in various parts of the world, and we need to judge them at international level to re-equilibrate the balance of power in favor of those affected.
- That the affected people need unitedly to participate in the whole process of construction and monitoring of the implementation of the Binding Treaty, they must decide on their lives and future generations.
- we need to monitor  where the rights were recognized but not fulfilled by companies as is the case of the conditions in Belo Monte, Brazil, and Ecuador's indigenous peoples affected by Chevron / Texaco.- That the whole reparation process has to be seen and conceived globally, the victories in certain regions, have to be transformed into policies for other regions. And in this way prevent transnational companies taking advantages of loopholes in national and international legislations...