Rio+20: Amnesty Intl. says unless govts., companies "stop sacrificing human rights at altar of development", abuses "will continue unabated"

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12 June 2012

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch Joint Statement on the Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Author: Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch

Realizing human rights and achieving sustainable development are inter-dependent and mutually-reinforcing goals. States must ensure that the Outcome Document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development recognizes the centrality of human rights to sustainable development and reaffirms the international human rights framework. Research by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International has shown how economic development initiatives that do not incorporate human rights obligations and principles can deepen marginalization, discrimination and injustice. We therefore call on states to ...[r]ecognize human rights obligations in the outcome document...[and commit] to enhancing accountability for existing human rights obligations, as they relate to sustainable development...

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12 June 2012

Rio + 20: Anchor sustainable development in human rights

Author: Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch

World leaders have a...chance to create a meaningful link between sustainable development and human rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said...in a...statement targeting Environment and Foreign Affairs ministers...in Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development...Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have documented human rights abuses in the context of infrastructure projects...[and] the operation of extractive industries that have pushed indigenous peoples off their traditional lands...Amnesty International’s Director of Demand Dignity Campaign Savio Carvalho said, “Unless governments as well as businesses and international institutions stop sacrificing human rights at the altar of development, marginalization, discrimination, and injustice will continue unabated.”

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