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The environmental disaster and human rights violations of ILVA steel plant in Italy
Author: HRIC, FIDH, Peacelink, Unione Forense per la Tutela dei Diritti Umani, Published on: 13 April 2018
This brief analysis places the ILVA case [...] into a larger international framework showing how both the first and last stages of the steel supply chain are linked to [...] a story of repeated human rights and environmental violations...
Italy has the obligation to ensure effective protection of the right to life, the right to health and the right to live in a healthy environment, and to ensure that industrial activities carried out within its jurisdiction comply with international, regional and national laws and do not violate fundamental rights of individuals...
The case of ILVA thus illustrates the need to adopt an international binding instrument that regulates companies’ behaviour towards human rights. Such an instrument should clarify the State’s duty to: i) protect, respect and fulfil human rights in relation with business activities; ii) provide access to a complementary international mechanism to monitor the implementation of its provisions and; iii) monitor the implementation of the provisions set out in the States’ National Action Plans.