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Binding Treaty Negotiations in Geneva | Press release

Conclusions of the Global Campaign on the UNHRC 2nd Session of the “Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights” (OEIGWG) concluding on 28th October 2016


b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-10-31_BindingTreaty_Press_Conf.jpg28 October 2016, Geneva: In the context of the Second Session of the Open Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) at the Human Rights Council with the mandate to establish a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples’ Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity expressed its engagement with this process through several activities, actions and statements. The Campaign is committed to the importance of this process as a way to allow people affected by Transnational Corporations (TNCs) around the world access to justice. 

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Full text of the speech by Julia Fernandes at #BindingTreaty negotiations

2016-10-28 juliana.jpgAt the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG) at United Nations, Julia Fernandes on behalf of International Association of Democratic Lawyers and MAB (a grassroots national organization from Brasil) and La Via Campesina spoke about the urgent need to have a Binding Treaty to hold TNCs accountable for human rights violations.

Here is the text of her speech.


We speak on behalf of International Association of Democratic Lawyers and MAB, a grassroots national organization from Brasil, struggling in defense of the rights of communities affected by dams and for a peoples energy project. MAB is part of the Via Campesina International.

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Honduras Mission in Geneva refuses to acknowledge receipt of letter seeking justice for the murder of community defenders

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-10-27_Letter_Being_Delivered.jpgOn Thursday, 27th October 2016, organizations and social movements of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity, delivered a letter to the Permanent Mission of Honduras in Geneva seeking justice in the murders of community defenders in the Central American country. The letter demands protection for threatened defenders.

You can see the copy of the letter in Spanish here

However, the Mission of Honduras refused to sign the acknowledgment receipt of the letter, which contains about 100 signatures from organizations from five continents, but it was delivered either way. 

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The impacts of the actions of TNCs on peasant communities | Full text of the speech by Federico Pacheco | #BindingTreaty

fedepach.jpgAt the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG) at United Nations, Federico Pacheco of the Union of Land Workers of Andalusia intervened to denounce the actions of transnationals pushing a model of industrial agriculture that pollutes the environment, monopolizes and privatizes the commons, and exploits workers and producers. Here is the full text of the speech. 

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Geneva: Rogerio Höhn intervenes at #BindingTreaty negotiations | Full text of the speech

2016-10-25 Rogerio.jpgAt the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG) at United Nations, to come up with a Legally Binding Treaty for countries to prosecute and hold to account Transnational Corporations that engage in human rights violations, Rogerio Höhn from the Movement of people affected by Dams in Brazil spoke of the rights of people affected by corporate crimes and the need for remedial processes that recognize affected people as actors and as subjects. He also stressed that the Treaty must strengthen the primacy of human rights. Here is the full text of his speech. 

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La Via Campesina joins the mobilization at the UN in favor of a Binding Treaty to dismantle corporate power

(Geneva - October 25, 2016) 

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-10-25_-_TNCs_Geneva_Scaled_Image.jpgMembers of La Via Campesina are participating in mobilizations being held in Geneva as part of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and in the ongoing negotiations of the Open Ended Inter Governmental Working Group (OEIWG), at United Nations, to come up with a Legally Binding Treaty for countries to prosecute and hold to account Transnational Corporations that engage in human rights violations.

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Sri Lanka: First People’s Tribunal on agrochemical companies

First published by Ceylon Today (2016-09-23)

A group of environmental organizations held a People's Tribunal, on multinational agrochemical companies, at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, yesterday. A large number of representatives from Farmers' Associations participated in it. A number of representatives from Sri Lanka's agricultural hubs, including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala and Moneragala, gave evidence before the tribunal; highlighting the issues faced by the people due to the activities of the multinational agrochemical companies.

"We want to know the impacts of the activities of the multinational agrochemical companies on the environment, on people's health, and on society. Also, these multinational agrochemical companies have not been held responsible, for the damage they have done to Sri Lankans in the last 40 years," said Chintaka Rajapakse, moderator of the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR).

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The Hague – Monsanto Tribunal: Peasants of the world standing together for justice

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Brussels, 11 October 2016

From 14 to 16 October 2016, an International Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague, Netherlands, alongside a People's Assembly, to hear cases against Monsanto and other agribusiness corporations and put forward real solutions to societal and environmental challenges. An international delegation of La Via Campesina will be taking part in this awareness raising event highlighting the need to reclaim people's sovereignty, dismantle corporate power and stop impunity.

Faced with the increased control by transnational corporations over food and agriculture, through privatization, commodification and concentration of resources, grassroots organizations propose food sovereignty, agrarian reform and agroecology as alternatives for the whole of society and more specifically at the UN through the implementation of binding instruments to control TNCs .

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Social movements call for 'unity beyond borders' at the Southern Africa Tribunal on Transnational Corporations (TNCs)

2016-10-06 Coal in SA.jpgThe Southern African People’s Solidarity Network hosted a Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Transnational Corporations in Manzini, Swaziland between the 16th and 19th of August. The tribunal was held on 16th and 17th followed by discussions until the 19th about building a 'Peoples-Driven Southern African Development Community (SADC) committed to the total liberation of all'.

Several organisations and social movements from countries that included Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Mauritius, Malawi and Zimbabwe discussed the impacts of the transnational corporations on the communities and women at large. The members who attended the tribunal expressed their dissent towards European countries that fund transnational corporations to come to Africa and wreak havoc on its environment, ecology and natural diversity, thereby impacting the lives of millions of people.

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Bayer-Monsanto deal latest in agribusiness merger and acquisition trend

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(Saskatoon - Sept. 19, 2016)  Bayer's September 14 announcement that it will buy Monsanto for $66 billion comes just days after fertilizer companies PotashCorp and Agrium confirmed their $30 billion dollar merger deal. Meanwhile, the Chinese agro-chemical giant, ChemChina is in the process of buying Sygenta for $43 billion. Dupont and Dow expect to complete their $68 billion merger by the end of this year.

"Mergers and acquisitions are not investments in new productive capacity," said Terry Boehm, Chair of the NFU's Seed and Trade Committee. "These transactions are a way for large corporations to restructure their existing assets to obtain higher profits and greater control by eliminating competition within the market."

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