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Human Rights have been locked up behind domestic bars to prevent their universal application to globalization and its much needed regulation. Extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) unlock human rights.

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In recent months, Bangkok has not only been the venue for the 7th International Conference of the ETO Consortium and a related public conference on rights-based governance beyond borders, which both took place early September, but also saw an important Roundtable on Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations of States, held on 10 and 11 October 2014. The Round Table was organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), which had also been one of the conveners of the...

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At a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington D.C., on October 28, member organizations of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) called on the Canadian State to put into place an effective framework for preventing and addressing human rights violations caused by Canadian mining companies operating in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In their submission, the petitioners focused on the ways that the Canadian government, through...

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A recent study “Owning Seeds, Accessing Food”, published by various civil society organisations, points to the adverse impacts plant variety protection (PVP) laws based on the 1991 Act of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 91) could have on small-scale farmers' and particularly women's enjoyment of their right to food. Based on research in three countries – Kenya, Peru and the Philippines – the study shows how PVP laws that restrict and prohibit the...

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The ESCR-Net Corporate Accountability Working Group has published a new resource entitled “Global Economy, Global Rights – A Practitioners’ Guide for interpreting human rights obligations in the global economy” to support the interpretation and application of ETOs in the context of corporate human rights abuses. Launched at a gathering of outgoing and incoming UN Special Procedure Mandate Holders in Geneva, on September 2, the resource is designed to support the work of human rights...

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The right to adequate food and nutrition remains deeply threatened by corporate and economic interests as agribusiness and financial investors gain more influence and control over natural resources and multinational food and beverage corporations are allocated increasing decision-making power over what ends up on the consumer's plate. The seventh edition of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2014, titled Ten Years of the Right to Food Guidelines: Gains, Concerns and Struggle makes a call for...

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Civil society organizations and academics gathered from August 18 to 19 in Kampala, Uganda to discuss States extraterritorial obligations in relation to access to natural resources in Africa and East Africa in particular. Convened by the ETO Consortium and the Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) of Makerere University, the workshop brought together participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia and South Africa. Objectives of the conference were to raise awareness on ETOs...

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Over 140 participants from civil society organizations, social movements and academia took part of the "Human rights-based governance beyond borders and the role of Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations (ETOs)" conference which took place from September 2-3 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was convened by Chulalongkorn University, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), the ETO Consortium (ETOC), Focus on the Global South, and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

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The ETO Consortium together with the Public Interest Law Clinic, Makerere University will be holding a regional seminar on ETOs and access to natural resources in Kampala, Uganda. The workshop, which will take place from August 18 to 19, brings together human rights organisations, academics and social movements to discuss the impact of trade and investment policies, development aid and transnational corporations on access to natural resources in Africa and East Africa in particular.

The...

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The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has called on the Indian State to ensure that its own actions and those of private actors under its effective control, including national corporations operating abroad, do not result in human rights violations of women in other countries.

In its Concluding Observations on the fourth and fifth periodic reports of India, adopted at its 58th session in July, the Committee expressed concern over the lack of gender...

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