The first session of the intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations (TNCs), other business enterprises and human rights was held from 6 to 10 July 2015 in spite of adversarial maneuvers by Western countries. The CETIM was present, along with the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate and Stop Impunity, to give voice to the demands of social movements, victims and affected communities regarding the future legally binding international instrument.
Written submission presented by the CETIM and the Global Campaign at the first session of the intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations (TNCs), other business enterprises and human rights (6-10 July, 2015).
Following action by CETIM, Human Rights Council special procedures have written to the Colombian Government to ask it to account for the numerous attacks on the SINALTRAINAL union, which is paying a high price for its struggle for workers’ rights: 25 of its members have been killed since 1986.
Written statement presented by the CETIM to the Human Rights Council in June 2015 (A/HRC/29/NGO/23)
In 26 years of oil drilling in the Amazon region of Ecuador, Chevron (formerly Texaco) polluted more than 450,000 hectares of one of the planet’s richest biodiversity regions, destroying the living and subsistence of its inhabitants. After 21 years of litigation, and despite a ruling by the Ecuadorian courts, impunity continues for Chevron, and the victims of its activities in Ecuador are still waiting for justice and compensation. For its part, Chevron denied liability and has devoted enormous efforts and resources to get the judgement set aside, persecute the victims and silence their defenders.
Press release of the CETIM
A delegation from the Union of People affected by the activities of the oil company Chevron Texaco in Ecuador (UDAPT) participated in the 29th session of the Human Rights Council with the support of the CETIM to denounce the merciless campaign that the transnational corporation is waging with the aim of criminalizing its victims and silencing their defenders.