Today, multinationals are continually expanding their influence and power around the world, while their activities too often cause pollution, exploitation of workers, land grabbing, destruction, murder and other human rights abuses. They regularly manage to escape the laws, in case there are any, leaving thousands of victims without access to justice and reparation.
It is therefore high time to have an international legally binding instrument to regulate corporations and hold those that misbehave accountable for their abuses. The Treaty on Transnational Corporations and human rights, currently being negotiated at the United Nations, represents a real opportunity.
The next negotiation session will take place in Geneva from 15 to 19 October 2018. This Treaty must be adopted as soon as possible to put an end to corporate abuses!
The treaty would oblige states to:
1. Ensure the primacy of human rights over economic interests
2. Force transnational companies (but also through their suppliers, their sub-contractors and their subsidiaries) to respect human rights, wherever they operate and hold them liable when abuses occur.
3. Ensure access to justice for affected people.
Let us demand that the Belgian government gives priority to human rights and obliges enterprises to respect them!
Rules for business
Rights for people !
Let us mobilize and urge the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, to ensure that Belgium commits to a Treaty to end corporate impunity!