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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 Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) convened its 65th session from the 24th October to the 18th November 2016 during which it considered the periodic reports of Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Burundi, Canada, Estonia, Honduras, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

In its recently published concluding observations to the periodic reports of Canada and Switzerland, the Committee addressed recommendations to both States regarding their...

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Are human rights obligations breached by an intergovernmental organization or its governing States, when it tells a government to cut its public services? Can the obligations under the right to food be left completely to a State that is adversely affected by the climate impact of other countries? What about the human rights obligations of States whose powerful corporations can displace people abroad from their lands, because these people’s government does not protect them - being in the hands of...

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In the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement countries agreed to “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. The Agreement creates a framework for action, including a reporting mechanism and periodic global stocktaking. The agreement has near universal support from States and mentions human rights in its preamble – but it does not go beyond...

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