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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The handbook and toolkit “Human Rights beyond Borders: How to hold States accountable for extraterritorial violations” aims to serve as a practical guide for human rights advocates and social movements in monitoring and holding States accountable on their compliance with extraterritorial obligations (ETOs).

The intention of the handbook is to make the Maastricht Principles on the ETOs of States more accessible and relevant to civil society by illustrating, with concrete examples, how...

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Governments in the process of negotiating the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) must ensure that the trade deal’s provisions protect human rights. That was the message from parliamentarians and other participants who convened in Jakarta last week to discuss the RCEP and its implications for the region’s citizens during a two-day dialogue organized by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ), and the ETO Consortium.

The meeting...

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Building on its 2011 Statement on the obligations of States Parties regarding the corporate sector and economic, social and cultural rights, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights released last week General Comment No. 24 which intends to clarify States’ obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in the context of business activities.

With the issue of business and human rights currently being addressed in multiple fora and...

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