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Mass mobilisation in Geneva against corporate impunity

Press release from the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power. Photo by Joseph Purugganan. 

July 10, 2015, Geneva – Dozens of organizations and social movements mobilized this week in Geneva to send a strong message to the United Nations Human Rights Council, to urge them to take action against corporate impunity. The negotiation of a binding instrument on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and Human Rights is an unmatched opportunity to provide access to justice to victims of corporate human rights abuses.

Marine Le Pen, France's right-wing National Front political party leader | Photo: Reuters

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket shootings, security forces in Belgium launched a massive manhunt for what they described as jihadist sleeper cells that were about to mount new terrorist attacks.  To many observers, however, the operation seemed to stem less from hard intelligence than from the police hitting the panic button.

Fanning the Flames

Bangkok, 4 September 2014 -- A conference on the role of governments in safeguarding human rights across borders was held this week at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok with the participation of over 160 experts, activists, and political figures from countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Korea, Ecuador, Chile, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, France, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.

Bangkok, 28 July 2014 -- The current phase of the sustained Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people has already resulted in over 800 deaths and shows no signs of abating.

 

We strongly condemn the manner in which Israel has used the most sophisticated weaponry to attempt to annihilate the Palestinian people citing the supposed threat the heavily armed Israeli state faces from the rockets of Hamas. The massacre of the Palestinians in Gaza, which is being treated as a spectator sport by some Israelis deserves international condemnation.

The race of globalisation is leaving the majority of the world’s population far behind. According to Unicef, the richest 20% of the population gets 83% of global income, while the poorest quintile has just 1%. This trend is getting worse. A new UNDP report called “Humanity Divided: estimates that 75% of the population lives in societies where income distribution is less equal now than it was in the 1990s, although global GDP ballooned from US$22 trillion to US$72 trillion.

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