Side event on environmental crimes and systemic Human Rights violations by Transnational Corporations

Wednesday, July 8, 1:15 – 2.45 pm, Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Friends of the Earth International

Ensuring the first session of the IGWG on Human Rights, TNCs and other Business addresses environmental crimes and systemic human rights violations by Transnational Corporations (TNCs), the impact they have on affected communities and ecosystems, as well as the legal possibilities to bring TNCs to court for these crimes.

Speakers Include: Godwin Ojo – ERA-Friends of the Earth Nigeria: environmental crimes by oil corporations in Nigeria and Wilmar's operations in Nigeria

Tcheena Maso – MAB/La Via Campesina: standing for new rights: the need to define "affected peoples” and their rights

Ricardo Navarro – CESTA-Friends of the Earth El Salvador: systemic violations by transnational corporations and climate change

Irhash Ahmady – WALHI-Friends of the Earth Indonesia: responsibility of Wilmar financiers on palm oil sector and deforestation in Indonesia and Indonesian mobilisation on the Treaty

Rania Madi – Badil/Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power: corporate complicity in violations of International law/ Mekorot water

Juliette Renaud – Friends of the Earth France: on French corporations crimes abroad and the French law to hold corporations to account

Moderators: Anne Van Schaik – Friends of the Earth Europe and Alberto Viallarreal – Friends of the Earth Latin America and Caribbean