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23 Sep 2016

Sarah Lincoln, Brot für die Welt; Denise Auclair, CIDSE; Anne van Schaik, Friends of the Earth Europe; Mariëtte van Huijstee, SOMO & Lydia de Leeuw, SOMO

NGOs release report of seminar on options for proposed binding treaty

"UN Treaty on transnational corporations, other business enterprises & human rights: Options for justice. Legal Seminar report, 30-31 May 2016", 1 Sep 2016

This report aims to provide a resource for civil society groups, states and all those engaged in the UN treaty process in the run up to the second intergovernmental working group (IGWG) session...It discusses options for the following aspects of the treaty: access to remedy; enforcement mechanisms; and its relationship with the trade and investment regime...The aim was to identify the current gap in access to justice for affected people and to explore how the future UN treaty would address this...Among both states and CSOs, discussions on the content of a business and human rights treaty still include a wide variety of options in relation to scope, enforcement mechanisms, duty bearers, liability and access to remedy.  However, among CSOs there is clear agreement about the urgent need for a binding instrument to enhance and ensure victims’ access to remedy...By sharing general considerations and a variety of treaty provision options, this report aims to inform the discussions around the treaty content regarding remedy, its enforcement and its relation to the trade and investment regime.