Press Release: Al-Haq Participates in the First Negotiations Since the Release of Zero Draft Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Author: Al-Haq, Published on: 22 October 2018

[In] October 2018, Al-Haq...participated in the Fourth Session of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights ('IGWG') to discuss the zero draft legally binding instrument...('Zero Draft Treaty')...

The recommendations and conclusions of the Working Group included a confirmation of a fifth session based on a revised version of the Zero Draft Treaty.

...Al-Haq delivered two oral interventions throughout the Session. The first joint oral statement delivered on 18 October,...addressed [how] the Zero Draft Treaty...seriously fails to sufficiently prioritize the rights and protections afforded to individuals, communities and peoples against corporate abuses; victim’s access to remedy; and corporate accountability in conflict areas...

Meanwhile, the second joint oral intervention,...called for more attention and provisions to address the role of corporations in restricting women’s social and economic rights, political participation, intensifying patriarchal norms, and exacerbating abuses experienced by women in conflict-affected areas.

During [a side] event, Al-Haq highlighted the plight of human rights organisations, defenders and civil society organisations in Palestine, and the increasing shrinking space, including when monitoring, documenting and seeking accountability for violations of non-state actors, including business enterprises.

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