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26 Oct 2016


Proposed binding treaty is an opportunity for redress for victims of corporate human rights abuses, says NGO

"Opening of the second session of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group on Human Rights and Businesses", 24 Oct 2016

Ahead of this second session, FIDH submitted a written statement highlighting key issues to be addressed by the Treaty, reflecting FIDH and its member organisations’ experiences. It calls among other things on making access effective remedy a priority and on ensuring that the instrument will reflect the needs and priorities of those affected by corporate abuse...FIDH has been calling for the reinforcement of normative standards at the international, regional and national levels and for the establishment of robust redress and enforcement mechanisms for many years...It sees this treaty development process as a key opportunity to ensure protection of and redress for groups and individuals affected by human rights violations by business enterprises.  This process is seen as complementary to and mutually-reinforcing with other efforts to ensure corporate accountability...FIDH calls on all States to actively engage and to participate in good faith to the intergovernmental working group sessions...