Friends, let’s ask the Philippine government to “once again demonstrate leadership and commitment to human rights at the June 2014 UN Human Rights Council session by showing its support for a resolution that will seek to begin a process of developing an international treaty on business and human rights – the first binding international legal instrument to hold corporations accountable for their human rights abuses.”
We are Concerned about the continuing abuses and violations of human rights occurring all over the world which directly or indirectly engage the responsibility of business enterprises;
We are Concerned also that such abusive conduct often disproportionately impacts women, who comprise the majority of workers in the most vulnerable sectors, peasants, indigenous peoples, persons living in poverty, children among others, and especially concerned by the fact that justice is denied to those who suffer harm,
Considering the invaluable work done by human rights defenders and organisations, trade unions, indigenous rights and women rights defenders and others defending and protecting human rights in the face of corporate- related abuses,
Concerned at the incidence of attacks, harassment, restrictions, intimidation and reprisals against these human rights defenders,
But the Philippine Permanent Mission in Geneva is waiting for instructions from home base / DFA.
We need to call their attention. Join us in urging the Philippine government to support the resolution filed by a group of countries led by Ecuador in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling for a legally binding treaty on human rights and transnational corporations.
Show your support online by sharing this post and popularizing the hashtags #CorporateSelfish, #StopCorporateImpunity and offline on June 24 join us in a symbolic action at DFA to appeal for Philippine Government’s support for the proposed treaty.