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ESCR-Net Advocacy Paper on the Second Revised Draft Treaty

"ESCR-Net Advocacy Paper on the Second Revised Draft Treaty", October 2020.

...What are our priorities for a stronger Treaty?

At its essence, this Treaty is meant to address gaps in corporate accountability and ensure legal liability for human rights abuses. Additionally, the Treaty should also continue addressing State obligations to fulfil as primary duty bearers required to respect, protect, and fulfil human rights, including the right to self-determination, the right to a healthy environment, and workers’ rights. We want a stronger Treaty addressing corporate and especially State obligations when it comes to business-related human rights abuses and/or violations. We address this in depth in our collective submission.

How to make the Treaty stronger Article by Article

Our collective submission suggests detailed language to strengthen the Treaty text (or LBI text), in this summary we wish to highlight some our key demands for a stronger Treaty:

Preamble

  1. Our key ask for the preamble is that language on the well-established right to self- determination is added - this is a foundational right for peoples’ whose lands are often impacted by corporate abuse and violations - and therefore this right should be incorporated throughout the text...

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