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UN Intergovt. Working Group on proposed treaty releases draft legally binding instrument on business & human rights

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6 September 2018

UN Intergovt. Working Group on proposed treaty releases draft optional protocol to the Zero Draft of the legally binding instrument on business & human rights

Author: Chairmanship of the Open-Ended Intergovt. Working Group on transnational corporations & other business enterprises with respect to human rights

"Draft optional protocol to the legally binding instrument to regulate, in International Human Rights Law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises", 4 Sep 2018

...[T]he Permanent Mission of Ecuador on behalf of the Chairmanship of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIGWG) in charge of the elaboration of an internationally legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to Human Rights, has the pleasure to enclose a Zero Draft Optional Protocol to the Zero Draft "Legally binding instrument to regulate, in international Human Rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises"...

The Zero Draft Optional protocol is an annex to the Zero Draft legally binding instrument, and it is centered on mechanisms of access to remedy for victims of abuses committed in the context of business activities; it concretely focuses on the possibility of presenting individual or collective complains...

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16 July 2018

Legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Author: OEIGWG on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

Contents:

Section I
Article 1. Preamble
Article 2. Statement of purpose

Section II
Article 3. Scope
Article 4. Definitions
Article 5. Jurisdiction
Article 6. Statute of limitations
Article 7. Applicable law
Article 8. Rights of Victims
Article 9. Prevention
Article 10. Legal Liability
Article 11. Mutual Legal Assistance
Article 12. International Cooperation
Article 13. Consistency with International Law

Section III
Article 1
Institutional Arrangements
Committee
Conference of States Parties

Article 15. Final Provisions

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11 July 2018

Note Verbale by the Chairmanship of the Working Group regarding the release of the draft legally binding instrument

Author: The Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the UN and other Intl. Orgs. in Geneva

...[A]s a result of the four informal consultations and several other bilateral and multilateral meetings, the Permanent Mission of Ecuador, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the OEIGWG, has prepared a victims-oriented draft legally binding instrument on business activities and human rights, aiming to ensure an effective access to justice and remedy to victims of human rights violations in the context of business activities of transnational character, and to prevent the occurrence or repetitions of such violations...
 

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