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Rethinking investment treaties to advance human rights
There is considerable room to rethink substantive norms and dispute settlement arrangements.
40 years ago, this Chilean exile warned us about the shock doctrine. Then he was assassinated.
There are connections between the imposition of brutal austerity and corporate-friendly trade deals and the frightening rise of far-right parties.
A new generation of free trade agreements that privilege business interests over human rights
There must be ex ante human rights impact assessment of the trade agreements and investment treaties that are being negotiated by the ASEAN community, including with and in India.
Free trade is killing Colombian labor activists
Workers attempting to exercise their rights have suffered at least 1,466 threats and acts of violence since the trade deal went into effect in 2012.
The Empire Files: Bringing corporations to justice with Ecuador’s UN Rep
For the first time ever, progress is being made at the United Nations for a binging legal instrument that would hold corporations accountable for human rights violations.
Five EU states gang up on Africa’s last colony
The European Court of Justice is due to hear a case on Tuesday (19 July) examining the EU’s role in facilitating exploitation of Africa’s last colony by one of Europe’s close allies.
Honduras : les assassinats contre les environnementalistes se poursuivent
Sept ans après le coup d’Etat au Honduras, les assassinats et la criminalisation à l’encontre des défenseurs des droits humains, de l’environnement, des communautés indiennes ou paysannes ne fléchissent pas.
Free Trade Agreements have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in Central America
Proposals like the Alliance for Prosperity Plan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership will only accelerate a race to the bottom for families in the Northern triangle of Latin America.
Trade or human rights? Integrity of State Department trafficking report still an open question
"The Administration appears to be resolute in forging a flawed trade agreement with countries that currently violate fundamental labor and human rights."
Don’t trade with Western Sahara, says Danish parliament
The Danish parliament unanimously passed a motion on Western Sahara that urges Danish companies and the Danish public sector not to trade with Africa’s last colony.
UN Treaty on transnational corporations, other business enterprises & human rights: Options for justice
This report discusses options for the following aspects of the treaty: access to remedy; enforcement mechanisms; and its relationship with the trade and investment regime.
Spain: COAG will request cancellation of EU-Morocco free trade agreement
The head for fruits and vegetables at COAG is requesting in the European Parliament for the immediate implementation of the ruling cancelling the agreement for free agricultural trade between the EU and Morocco because of the illegal inclusion of Western Sahara.
EU sacrifices human rights for Vietnam free trade
New EU-Vietnam trade agreements are being fast-tracked with barely any attention to human rights.
Iceland agrees with CJEU, excludes Western Sahara from trade deal
All four members states of the EFTA free trade association conclude in the same way as the Court of Justice of the European Union. Goods from Western Sahara cannot be inluded in free trade agreements with Morocco.
New report: Canadian companies behind nearly all of the dirty trade
Two Canadian companies, Agrium and PotashCorp, were behind two thirds of all imports of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.
Here is why the EU appealed EU Court ruling on Western Sahara
The Official Journal of the European Union has published the appeal brought by the EU Council against the Court of Justice of the EU’s decision to annul the EU-Morocco agricultural agreement insofar as it applies in Western Sahara.
Navigating governments’ obligations in the context of land investments
A new report from the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment explores the dilemmas posed by land investments under international investment treaties and human rights law.
Human rights issues increase uncertainty for Morocco, Vietnam trade deals
EU trade agreements with Morocco and Vietnam could see rough times ahead after criticism of the lack of impact assessment on human rights.
Human rights, corruption and the Canada-Honduras free trade agreement: the assassination of activist Berta Caceres
Human rights leader Berta Caceres’ assassination now serves as a global symbol of the struggle for freedom and democracy as colonized peoples world-wide languish beneath the yoke of imperialism.
Migrants from the South, the contemporary faces of exclusion and marginalization
Today’s migrations, as macro international displacements of hundreds of thousands of people with or without documents — in many cases in precarious conditions of transit — have been and are one of the social processes that characterize what is happening in different latitudes of the earth since in the new century, in the global context of neoliberal economic restructuring directed by transnational enterprises and the capitalist countries of the first world.