From Lima to Madrid: Fighting for Justice in EU-Latin American Economic Relations

In the Hearing at the European Parliament, an overview of the main human rights violations of European transnational corporations in LAC will be presented as well as the role of European policies and institutions in the creation of a legal-judicial framework that allows transnational corporations to act with impunity. Furthermore, the Hearing will address the inadequacy of the current voluntary approaches represented by the UN Global Compact and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in regulating the power of TNCs. The Hearing will conclude with Proposals for new initiatives and institutions in the EU and urge the development of a binding international normative framework and the setting up of an International Tribunal with binding authority to judge economic and environmental crimes, to which affected communities and individuals can turn as legitimate plaintiffs.In this event, the experience of the Permanent People’s Tribunal and the analyses resulting from this experience will be presented. There will also be a debate on proposals on alternatives that have been elaborated from social movements’ perspectives.

During the Hearing, a delegation of 40 representatives from social movements and civil society organisations from Latin America will be present. The delegation is formed from representatives from the following sectors: trade unions, indigenous movements, environmentalists, women networks, Human Rights defenders and communities affected European transnational corporations from the regions of Mercosur, Andean Region and Central America.

Venue:
Room ASP 1G2, European Parliament, Brussels
Interpretation: English-Spanish
Organisation: GUE/NGL, n cooperation with: Europe-Latin America and the Caribbean Bi-regional network Enlazando Alternativas, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Permanent People's Tribunal, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Isvara Foundation
Contact: Marlis Gensler
 
Organisations represented from Latin America:

Confederación Nacional de Comunidades Afectadas por la Minería -CONACAMI, Perú; Centro de Documentación e Información de Bolivia -CEDIB, Bolivia; ATTAC Argentina, Argentina; Red Internacional de Genero y Comercio; Red Mexicana de Acción Frente al Libre Comercio-RMALC, México; Centro de Políticas Públicas para el Socialismo – CEPPAS, Argentina; Colectivo Alvear Restrepo, Colombia; Jubilee South Americas; Instituto de Políticas Alternativas para o Cone Sul –PACS, Brazil; Mesa Global, Guatemala; Ecuador Decide, Ecuador; Coordinadora de Integración de Organizaciones Económicas Campesinas de Bolivia –CIOEC, Bolivia; Universidad ARCIS - Chile; AAPP, Brazil; Fisherfolks Movement, Brazil; Trade Union Confederation of the Americas–TUCA; Movimiento Social Nicaragüense Otro Mundo es Posible, Nicaragua; Red Brasilera por la Integración de los Pueblos – REBRIP, Brazil; Movimento dos Sem Terra –MST, Brazil; Central General de Trabajadores del Perú, Perú; Amigos de la Tierra, Costa Rica; Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas, Perú; REDES Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay.
 
Organisations represented from Europe:

FDCL, Germany; Permanent People's Tribunal, Italy; Universidad del País Vasco, Spain; ODG, Spain; Transnational Institute, Netherlands; FAL, France; Ecologistas en Acción, Spain; OMAL, Spain; Refondiazione, Italy; Corporate Europe Observatory –CEO, Belgium; CNCD/CIFCA, Belgium; Espace Marx, France and others.

Registration: Paul-Emile Dupret

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