For Human Rights Beyond Borders

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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A coalition of civil society organizations, which include The Global Justice Clinic, the Center for Economic and Social Rights, the Tax Justice Network and Berne Declaration have successfully convinced the CEDAW to examine the impact of Switzerland's tax and financial secrecy policy on the realization of women's rights in foreign countries.

This issue is therefore on the Committee's List of Issues for its upcoming review of Switzerland during its 65th Session in October: "Please further...

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Over the past 15 years, extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) for economic, social and cultural rights have become operational. This can be seen most notably with the 2011 Maastricht Principles and their legal commentary and, more recently, in the context of governments jointly drafting a human rights treaty on TNCs and other business enterprises. ETOs are also inspirational in that they strengthen those elements of human rights that are needed to make them effective in international policy...

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The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) has addressed in a recent report States’ human rights obligations with regard to extraction, exploitation and development activities, noting that many of these projects are implemented in lands and territories historically occupied by indigenous and Afro-descendent communities. The obligations of host States (where the project takes place) and as well as home States (where the business has its headquarters) are outlined in the Commission’s...

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