The CETIM defends victims of human rights violations in the Global South. It supports their representatives in gaining access to and obtaining the intervention of the United Nations protection mechanisms, where required.
Several mechanisms can be activated at the United Nations to get concrete improvements on the ground, in particular the Human Rights Council, the United Nations Special Rapporteurs and the committees that monitor the implementation of the human rights treaties.
The CETIM mainly works with peasant organizations, trade unions and organizations representing victims or communities affected by TNCs operations, in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Madagascar, Nigeria and the Philippines, among other places.
I. History of a genocide and of an ecocide1 When, in 1492, Columbus landed on the island he named La Española (Haiti and Santo Domingo), he found a veritable orchard populated by a large indigenous population living in peace. The deforestation of the island to make room for crops of the conquerors and physically eliminating […]
[During its sitting on 21 May 2012, the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs took note of the fact that the two-year suspension of the CETIM’s consultative status would end in July 2012. During the same sitting, Turkey (which had requested this sanction against the CETIM) declared that it would not oppose the restitution of its status […]
As European, Israeli and American human rights organizations*, we are urging the UN Human Rights Council to intervene and call to an end of the war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) as part of the Israeli occupation forces ongoing attacks in the Gaza Strip. At least 660 […]
Over the past four decades, Colombia has faced a dire social, political and armed conflict.1 In this context, it has to be noted that the numerous transnational corporations operating inside Colombia are somehow involved in the conflict, collaborating with public and private security forces, including paramilitary groups, who despite their alleged demobilization, continue to kill […]
The “ethanol partnership”, launched with great pomp and ceremony by the United States and Brazil on 9 March 2007, marks a new phase in the energy strategies of the great powers, just as does the decision by the European Union to replace 5.75% of it transport fuel from fossil sources with ethanol by 2010 and […]