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This video provides the full panel that occurred in April 2015 at Simon Fraser University in Canada. The different speakers talk on the accountability of Canadian companies abroad, the rights of indigenous groups in both a political and legal sense and the mindset of extractivism in Canada. There is a special focus on the different legal systems which arise in mining struggles – national, international and indigenous.

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On June 26, 2014, under the leadership of Ecuador and South Africa, the UN Human Rights Council passed landmark resolution 26/9, establishing an open-ended inter-governmental working group (IGWG) that is mandated to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (hereinafter, the Treaty). It was a tight vote: the resolution was supported by 20 states, mainly from Africa and Asia, and opposed by 14, including the United States and the European Union, with 13 abstentions. The resolution strikes a nerve — and there is much expectation around it.

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A false picture of a sustainable industry was painted for investors and other participants, in August 2016 at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which ignores the harmful impacts of the aggressive expansion of the palm oil industry on local communities.

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The historical first Permanent Peoples Tribunal Hearing in Southern Africa exposed the crimes of Transnational Corporations in the region and the growing peoples resistance.

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In a change of focus, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes such as land grabs. The ICC said it would also prioritise crimes that result in the ‘destruction of the environment’, ‘exploitation of natural resources’ and the ‘illegal dispossession’ of land. It also included an explicit reference to land-grabbing…”

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Document outlining the International Criminal Court (ICC) change of focus to include crimes that result in “destruction of the environment”, “exploitation of natural resources” and “illegal dispossession” of land.

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This OXFAM document provides basic information about the right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) according to Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This resource also outlines comprehensive steps on how to use FPIC to protect the rights of indigenous peoples against harmful development projects such as dams, mines, and logging.

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The International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) cooperates with indigenous peoples’ organisations and international institutions to promote recognition and implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples. IWGIA works to empower indigenous peoples through documentation, capacity development and advocacy on a local, regional and international level.

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The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) seeks to strengthen the capacity of ordinary citizens, enable them to defend their own rights and lobby and advocate for better governance and full respect for human rights that every citizen can practice. ADHOC is comprised of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Program, the Khmer Rouge…

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Organization logo: Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)

Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) is an advocacy organization facilitating grassroots participation by empowering local communities through education of their civil and political rights. It facilitates constructive interaction between Cambodian civil society and the international community in order to advocate the progressive realization of Cambodian human rights.

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