Mobilization Binding Treaty 2018

The Intergovernmental Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council that is negotiating a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights is holding its fourth session in Geneva, Switzerland. In the process that started in 2014, this is the first time negotiations are taking place based on a specific text, known as the “Draft Zero”. Several social movements and organizations are present in Geneva to mobilize and push in favor of the new treaty. Real World Radio is covering the official negotiations and the mobilizations, actions and parallel activities carried out by social movements.


Anti-Chevron Day with an open letter to Ecuadorian President

May 21 marks a new Global #AntiChevron Day -There will be huge mobilizations in many countries to denounce corporate impunity

Several organizations and networks are endorsing an open letter to Lenín Moreno Garcés, President of Ecuador, that will be delivered on May 21 to Ecuadorian embassies around the world. They are asking for justice and are deeply concerned about the Chevron-Texaco case in the Ecuadorian Amazon region: “The case is  … Read more

The process continues

Progress at Working Group for a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights considered a “victory” of the civil

The resolutions and conclusions of the Intergovernmental Working Group submitted by Luis Gallegos, permanent representative of Ecuador at the UN and chair of the negotiations, were approved, but the representatives of the European Union were the only ones there who did not agree with the conclusions. Now the chair will  … Read more

4th session of negotiations for a legally binding treaty ends

Conclusions and recommendations approved by the participants with the exception of the European Union alone.

The European Union disengaged with this process despite the pressure of civil society and the constructive engagement of all countries in all other regions of the world, but we know that with or without the EU we are going to have the 5th session,” Lucia Ortiz, Economic Justice Program Coordinator at Friends  … Read more

Close to the victims

Kwami Kpondzo from Friends of the Earth International: “We are here to say to the world that enough is enough”

“As Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), we are here (at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva) because we are working with communities, and those communities are affected by transnationals corporations, so we need a Binding Treaty to hold accountable those transnationals which violated human rights”, said Kwami Kpondzo, from  … Read more

Access to Justice

A view from Asia about UN negotiations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights

Mageswari Sangaralingam, member of SAM – Friends of the Earth Malaysia, warned on Friday that in Asia there are communities affected by corporate crimes, and that the victims, especially of transnational corporations, don´t have access to justice. “So where do you go to access justice if there is a problem  … Read more

EU must be constructive and accept conclusions of this week´s negotiations

EU can remain silent no longer so we can progress this important United Nations treaty

“We really call upon the European Union to be constructive, to support the conclusions and make sure that next year we are here to take the next step in this important United Nations treaty that will protect human rights,” activist Ike Teuling, from Friends of the Earth Europe, told Real  … Read more

African priorities

“The purpose of this treaty (on transnational corporations and human rights) is to fill the loophole that we have in international law that transnational corporations, because of their structures and the impunity with which they operate, are not held accountable for the violations they do throughout their supply chain”, said  … Read more

A question of life or death

Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights: “the spirit is to stop corporate impunity”

Activist Alejandra Porras, of COECOCEIBA – Friends of the Earth Costa Rica, said on Thursday in Geneva, at the UN headquarters in that city, that in Latin America there is “a wave of international treaties that confer many benefits to companies, and this gives way to looting, criminalization and prosecution  … Read more

“The European Commission is the most obscure power of all”

MEP Lola Sánchez: “There is a struggle between democracy and corporate power within the EU”

MEP Lola Sánchez, of Podemos Party, Spain, said this Monday in Geneva (Switzerland) that the head of the European Union delegation at  the UN negotiations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights, Jérôme Bellion-Jourdan, “does not represent us, because he doesn´t have an official mandate”. “We really  … Read more

Free Palestine

Israeli control technologies at the service of human rights violations exposed in the framework of UN negotiations

The Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power held on Tuesday a workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the mobilizations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights, focused on Israeli security technologies, strategies and companies used against the Palestinian people and also distributed throughout the world. Real  … Read more