Great! A UN initiative to control the human rights violations by MNCs

This is something that my friend and environmental expert Faizi SFaizi posted in Facebook. I am copying and pasting the entire text here with his permission. I think this is an important step in bringing multinational corporations to some kind of sense and control. And putting this here in the hope that some more people may here this good news:

“Finally a UN initiative to control the human rights violations by MNCs. I am copying below the draft resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last week, sent by my friend Ville. To create a legally binding international instrument (treaty/convention) As expected the draft sponsored by S Africa and Ecuador was opposed by western governments, but adopted by majority during voting. Now the process for drafting the treaty will begin. It is important that this process is strongly supported by people’s movements from across the world…..esp since the MNCs and their media will now launch a harangue against the initiative…

Human Rights Council

A/HRC/26/L.22/Rev.1

Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

Stressing that the obligations and primary responsibility to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms lie with the State, and that States must protect against human rights abuse within their territory and/or jurisdiction by third parties, including transnational corporations,

Emphasizing that transnational corporations and other business enterprises have a responsibility to respect human rights,

Acknowledging that transnational corporations and other business enterprises have the capacity to foster economic well-being, development, technological improvement and wealth, as well as causing adverse impacts on human rights,

Bearing in mind the progressive development of this issue,

1. Decides to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group on a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, the mandate of which shall be to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises;

2. Also decides that the first two sessions of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises shall be dedicated to conducting constructive deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of the future international instrument, in this regard;

3. Further decides that the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the open-ended intergovernmental Working Group should prepare elements for the draft legally binding instrument for substantive negotiations at the commencement of the third session of the working group on the subject, taking into consideration the discussions held at its first two sessions;

4. Decides that the open-ended intergovernmental working group shall hold its first session for five working days in 2015, before the thirtieth session of the Human Rights Council;

5. Recommends that the first meeting of the open-ended intergovernmental working group serve to collect inputs, including written inputs, from States and relevant stakeholders on possible principles, scope and elements of such an international legally binding instrument;

6. Affirms the importance of providing the open-ended intergovernmental working group with independent expertise and expert advice in order for it to fulfil its mandate;

7. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide the open-ended intergovernmental working group with all the assistance necessary for the effective fulfilment of its mandate;

8. Requests the open-ended intergovernmental working group to submit a report on progress made to the Human Rights Council for consideration at its thirty-first session;

9. Decides to continue consideration of this question in conformity with its annual programme of work.”

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