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.
According to official data, there are 8 million indigenous Mexicans (10 per cent of the total population of the country). However, various estimates from indigenous sources and research put the number of people who make up the indigenous peoples found in large areas of Mexican territory, and who have their own recognized social and cultural […]
In a context of non-existent or seriously inadequate national and international legislation regulating the activities of transnational corporations (TNCs), CETIM reiterates its concern about massive violations of human rights brought about by these corporations, with cooperation from States of the North and the South alike. The oil sector provides eloquent examples of this. Considering that […]
The issue of land and its unequal distribution underlies the entire field of economic, social, and cultural rights and the right to development in a large number of countries in the South. Lack of access to production resources is key to the extreme poverty in which hundreds of millions of small farmers live throughout the […]
Today’s main stream economic theory says liberalisation of international trade and deregulation bring growth, and are therefore the best way towards upholding economical and social rights. The UNDP (United Nations Program for Development) reports show a completely different reality. Because of these policies millions of people around the world are faced with the prospect of […]
Between October 25th and November 2nd, Central America has suffered a natural disaster caused by hurricane « Mitch », which produced an real economic and social disaster for certain countries of the region : Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala. Added to the thousands of deaths and wounded, there are hundreds of thousands of victims who […]