In the following pages, you will find CETIM’s English declarations at the UN on the theme of impunity of transnational corporations
In 60 years of oil production in the Niger Delta, the local communities have known no rest. Shell has systematically violated human rights and destroyed the environment as well as the livelihoods of communities, but neither international campaigns nor national laws, courts and regulatory agencies have been able to end these practices.
The Tampakan Copper-Gold Project in the Philippines threatens the environment and the livelihoods of local populations. The Bla’an indigenous peoples that occupy these ancestral territories oppose the project and are victims of multiple violations of human rights. But Glencore-Xstrata is still insisting on pursiung the project.
Anglo Gold Ashanti is trying to start mining activities in the ancestral territories of Afro-descendant communities in La Toma (Cauca) in Colombia. These communities oppose the project that threatens the environment and their livelihoods. They are victims of multiple human rights violations. The Constitutional Court has ruled in their favor, but the Colombian government is not implementing the ruling, quite the contrary.
The time has come for the Human Rights Council to adopt binding norms to end the impunity of transnational corporations! Countries and peoples of the Global South are the main victims of the asymmetry in the international system. We cannot rely on self-regulation and voluntary codes of conduct to discipline the most powerful actors in the global economy today.
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.