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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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On August 6, 2013 the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, released his annual thematic report on extractive industries and the rights of indigenous peoples. In the report, which will be presented to the Human Rights Council in September 2013, the Special Rapporteur examines and makes recommendations with regard to different models of natural resource exploitation, the principle of free, prior and informed consent, and the obligations and responsibilities of...

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Vienna/Heidelberg, 26 June 2013 – The Vienna+20 CSO Conference on June 26 adopted a joint Declaration calling for a World Conference on Human Rights in 2018. 25 years after the Second World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 the time will have come for a Third World Conference on Human Rights with full participation of the civil society addressing issues of worldwide concern, including those raised in the Vienna+20 CSO Declaration.

More than 140 persons from various CSOs around the world...

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The ETO Consortium and, FIAN Nepal jointly organized a South Asia Regional Workshop “Access to Natural Resources and Extraterritorial States Obligations” in Kathmandu, Nepal from 16 to 19 April, 2013.

The workshop consisted of two parts. Part one (16-17 April) aimed at providing clarity and knowledge about ETOs, in particular discussing new instruments and initiatives, like the Maastricht Principles, and exploring their potential for challenging land grabbing and human rights violations related...

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The ETO Consortium’s activities at the African Commission’s April session started with a very short intervention at the plenary of the public session. It was basically used to mention the challenges that ETOs address and to invite interested participants to the side event on April 10th in the late afternoon.

The side event on April 10 was attended by more than 50 persons representing a wide variety of organizations - mainly NGOs, but also state representatives. The side event had the full...

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The 6th ETO Consortium Conference will take place as a special event among the Vienna+20 conferences held in Vienna, June 25-28, 2013. In the context of Vienna+20, CSOs will address current challenges for human rights, evaluate the implementation of the 1993 Vienna Plan of Action, and issue a Vienna+20 CSO-Declaration. Many items of the programme currently emerging for Vienna+20 ETOs are of considerable importance. 

The Second World Conference on Human Rights was held in Vienna, Austria, on 14...

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The ‘Report of the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment’ makes mention of the Maastricht Principles and elaborates on ETOs.

On its 22nd session on 24 December 2012, the Human Rights Council adopted the report of the independent expert, John H. Knox, on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The reportpresents some...

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On 20 December, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on human rights and extreme poverty , where it "Takes note with appreciation of the guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights, adopted by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 21/11 as a useful tool for States in the formulation and implementation of poverty reduction and eradication policies, as appropriate."  (A/C.3/67/L.32/Rev.1, paragraph 17.)

These Guiding Principles had been prepared by Magdalena Sepúlveda,...

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Launching this website today, Human Rights Day 2012, is significant. This website fills a gap: 
Universal human rights imply universal obligations. And these are legal, not moral obligations. Extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) are particularly important for addressing the current crises of governance and regulation in the context of globalisation.   

The purpose of the website is to provide CSOs, academics, social movements, experts with ETO-related news and with a pool of ETO-related...

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