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15 Jun 2016

International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net)

Organization of American States should encourage business & human rights treaty process, says NGO

"OAS [Organization of American States] Should Encourage Complementarity of Human Rights & Business Initiatives, Including UN Treaty", 14 Jun 2016

Today the Corporate Accountability Working Group of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) call on the Organization of American States (OAS) to ensure OAS General Assembly resolutions concerning human rights and business require states in the OAS region to engage in the process to generate a new treaty on human rights and business at the United Nations (UN).

This recommendation aligns with recognition at the UN for the value of greater complementarity on issues related to human rights and business activities...

The timing of this statement coincides with the thirty second session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where several issues relating to human rights and business will be discussed, outlining the importance to fostering greater coherence between the activities of regional systems like the OAS and the activities of the UN. 

Leadership from the OAS at this time will better streamline and amplify human rights and business efforts initiated at the UN, and vice versa...