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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Canada announced this week that it is creating an ombudsperson with the responsibility to monitor and investigate alllegations of human rights abuses linked to the activities of Canadian corporations operating abroad. The "Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprises (CORE)" will initially focus on corporations in the mining, oil and gas, and garment sector, but will then expand its scope of focus to all other business sectors.

This independent body replaces Canada's "Extractive Sector...

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The Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) published this week its recommendations (officially called “concluding observations”) to Norway which it reviewed during its 68th session. These include recommendations with regards to Norway’s ETOs in the context of its climate and energy policies.

The Committee expressed concern at the State’s policy on oil and gas extraction in the Artic. Under the heading “Extraterritorial State Obligations” in para. 14,...

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