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NGO’s, including Friends of the Earth, and other social movements around the world celebrate a great and long awaited victory that challenges corporate power and starts responding to environmental defenders demands. After much deliberation and campaigning, Friends of the Earth has announced that a legal framework to bring transnational corporations to justice for their human right violations has been agreed.

“Yesterday (26 June, 2014), the majority in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted yes to a resolution presented by Ecuador and South Africa, to start elaborating an international legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of Transnational Corporations (TNCs) with respect to Human Rights [1].

“The resolution led by Ecuador and South Africa received affirmative votes from twenty member States on the Human Rights Council, while thirteen States abstained. The initiative to establish an international legally binding instrument has been supported by 610 organizations, 400 individuals, 95 countries, the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, and the Vatican. When China and India, representing more than one third of the world’s population, expressed support for the resolution, the plenary could feel the sense of victory in the last minutes of the morning in yesterday’s twenty sixth session of the UNHRC.”

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Courtesy of Friends of the Earth.

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