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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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During its recent 58th Session, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) made several clear recommendations to France, Sweden and the United Kingdom with regards to their extraterritorial obligations related to ESC rights. These recommendations touch upon a wide range of areas where ETOs apply, such as trade and investment agreements, States’ obligations within intergovernmental organizations, tax policies, international development cooperation, and the regulation of...

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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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