Global Justice Now is joining the Week of People’s Mobilisation from 13 to 20 October in Geneva. It has been organised at the same time as the fourth session of an intergovernmental working group of the UN Human Rights Council, which is mandated to develop a UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. The battle for this long-sought treaty is entering a decisive stage.
It’s a rare thing for UN economic reports to mention Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and quote Antonio Gramsci in their introduction. Neither do most such reports normally contain stark warnings about the damage that untrammelled corporate power is causing to political fabric of countries across the world.
The neoliberal promise that we will have increased economic growth through free trade to improve our lives and the health of our planet was never delivered by the institutions that created the multiple crises we are facing because it is not possible. It never was. The continued pursuits of such policies are resulting in greater inequality, worsening environmental crisis, and erosion of peoples’ rights and sovereignty.
Legal action has been threatened against the UK government regarding the granting of export licences for surveillance equipment to countries with poor human rights records.
Social justice organisation Global Justice Now believes that licenses have been granted contrary to export laws and have written to the government to ask for more information in order to decide whether legal action might be required.
Campaign group Global Justice Now has commended the Labour Party on its new development policy, released today, saying it represents a long overdue recognition that charity can never make up for the damage that Western corporations, finance and foreign policy have caused in the world.
Reacting to Theresa May and Donald Trump's meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where they asked officials to finalise a visit by the president to the UK later this year, Nick Dearden director of Global Justice Now, said:
Ahead of a week of negotiations on the UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights in Geneva in October, the UK civil society working group on the Binding Treaty has produced a common position paper for UK government and parliamentary advocacy.
The struggle to bring about a binding UN treaty on transnational corporations and human rights
The Third Session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights in October 2017. Global Justice Now will continue efforts in order to build a UN Binding Treaty on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and their supply chains.