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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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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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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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