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Human Rights have been locked up behind domestic bars to prevent their universal application to globalization and its much needed regulation. Extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) unlock human rights.

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The 50th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was opened on May 6, 2017, in Yokohama, Japan by its President Takehiko Nakao. In the week May of May 1, people in over 140 locations spread over 21 states in India, protested against the policies and projects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) highlighting the negative impacts of ADB’s lending practices in hydropower projects, smart cities, industrial corridors, projects in the coastal areas, agriculture and infrastructure projects....

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The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights held last month a Day of General Discussion on its recently drafted General Comment No. 24 on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities. The draft General Comment includes a comprehensive section on States’ extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) spanning from para. 30 to 40, which details States’ ETOs to respect (para. 34), protect (para. 35-38) and fulfill...

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On the eve of the second round of negotiations of the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), civil society organizations from Indonesia, the ASEAN region and Europe called for a moratorium of the trade negotiations until a broad consultation to map potential impacts of the agreement, including on human rights, is undertaken with civil society.

In a joint letter presented to the Government of Indonesia and the European Commission, civil society organisations voice...

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