During the 47th (21st June – 13th July) and the 48th (13th September – 8th October) sessions of the Human Rights Council, CETIM submitted different declarations, which are presented below.
CETIM and the Union of Agriculture Work Committees Palestine issued a declaration denouncing the repression and systematic human rights violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces and settler groups against the Palestinian peasantry.
In another declaration, CETIM denounced who violate the economic, social, and cultural rights of the Palestinians, in addition to the terms of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas
CETIM and its partners have expressed their concerns on the tendency of the Expert Working Group on Business and Human Rights to reduce the legal responsibility of corporations to the extremely limited component of due diligence .
During the last session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development, CETIM presented several proposals with the goal of improving the content of the draft convention. These proposals featured and established important concepts, such as human development and protecting the rights of the poor – including peasants, women, and indigenous people amongst others – which allows them to take part in the decision-making process and the selection of the development model which best suits their needs. We believe that the future Convention on the Right to Development should contribute to the establishment of a new international economic order founded on people’s sovereignty and cooperation between states. The implementation of such a system should be integrated in the framework of the entire UN system, the international financial system, and both the multilateral and bilateral system.
During a debate organised by the Human Rights Council on the widening inequalities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, CETIM intervened to draw attention to the policies themselves which caused said inequalities and the collapse of public health systems within numerous countries following the pandemic, whilst continuing to highlight the efforts made by social movements to remedy them.
The effects of unilateral sanctions have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they represent a clear obstacle in the fight against COVID-19. These sanctions contribute to the dismantling of the economic systems of the affected countries and weaken their capacity to secure certain goods and technologies, primarily impacting the civilian population and violating all categories of human rights, most notably economic, social, and cultural rights, in addition to the right to development.