Since its creation, the CETIM has been committed to human rights and, in particular, economic, social and cultural rights and the right to development. Its Human Rights Program, launched 17 years ago, has allowed it to sustain and reinforce its action in this area. The CETIM’s action is situated at the interface between civil society organizations in the Global South and the United Nations human rights mechanisms based in Geneva.
Within the United Nations instances, the CETIM supports the efforts of social movements and organizations in the Global South to access the existing human rights protection mechanisms and participate in the development of new international norms that concern them directly. The CETIM also works to reinforce the defense capacities of its partner organizations in the Global South by providing them with information and educational material, and by organizing training courses on human rights recognized and protection mechanisms existing at the international level.
Through its Human Rights Program, the CETIM thus contributes directly to the renown of International Geneva and to the reinforcement of the participation of civil society of the Global South within it.
The CETIM focuses its action in terms of human rights on three thematic issues that are interdependent and mutually reinforcing: the rights of peasants, transnational corporations (TNCs) and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs).