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28 Oct 2016


Proposed binding treaty could resemble existing intl. environmental treaty, says NGO

"Negotiations for a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights", 26 Oct 2016

...We believe that in comparison an excellent tool to uphold this civil society predicament is the Aarhus Convention; an instrument that not only safeguards procedural human rights related to the protection of the environment, namely the right to access to information, participation and access to justice, but also it provides remedies for victims when private actors contravene environmental law.  A new binding treaty must include a robust mechanism that obliges businesses enterprises and states alike to provide timely, objective and culturally sensitive information; it shall integrate public participation spaces, embracing free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples; and has to incorporate independent, expeditious and affordable justice for victims of human rights encroachments...