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8 Mar 2018

Friends of the Earth Europe

UN Human Rights Council paves way to historic treaty on business and human rights

Today, the UN Human Rights Council discussed the report by the Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) regarding a binding treaty on business and human rights.  Civil society organisations and countries, including the EU, supported the presentation and called for the continuation of the process.  This means the 4th session of the IGWG will take place in October, as scheduled.  Anne van Schaik, corporate accountability campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "We welcome the EU’s statement on the UN treaty. Thanks to pressure by civil society, affected people and many UN member states, the UN treaty is very much alive and will soon ensure justice for all people who have been victims of corporate crimes."...In June 2018 the Chair-Rapporteur will present the draft treaty.  The next session of the IGWG will take place October 15 - 19 in Geneva.