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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 UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has recently made recommendations to both Spain and New Zealand pertaining to their ETOs. 

The Committee expressed concern that Spanish legislation does not define the legal responsibility which corporations domiciled under their jurisdiction may have for human rights abuses they commit abroad. The Committee therefore recommends Spain to strengthen its normative framework as to ensure the legal responsibility of corporations for...

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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed in its Advisory Opinion OC-23/17 the extraterritorial obligation of States to protect and guarantee the human right to a healthy environment (Article 11 Protocol of San Salvador).

The advisory opinion is an answer to a request from Colombia which wanted the Court to elaborate on States' human rights obligations in relation to the environment, in the context of a dispute with Nicaragua concerning an oil drilling project in the Caribbean.  ...

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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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