Violations of human rights and the rights of peoples and nature have become inherent to transnational corporations’ operations and can only be equated with their growing economic and political power. What is more, these corporate violations have become systematic and corporations are certain of the impunity of their operations, which is becoming evident in an increasing number of areas of our lives, as corporations advance in the dispossession and appropriation of the commons. To confront all of this, popular resistance has become increasingly globalised and coordinated by linking up counterpowers opposing the most powerful corporations on the planet.
“Peoples Sovereignty vs. Impunity Inc.: Counterpower and Struggles for Justice” presents, in eight articles, various cases that aim to serve as tools of action for activists from different continents to use in their fight for access to justice against the systematic violation of human rights and other crimes committed by transnational corporations.
This publication has been produced in the framework of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity. Its publication coincides with the first meeting of the “Open-ended intergovernmental working group on an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights”, which is to be held in July 2015. The commencement of this group’s work constitutes a milestone in the history of the struggle against the impunity of transnational corporations. The social movements and organisations that build counterpower to transnational corporations on a daily basis remain alert and vigilant to this process.
Published by: Transnational Institute (TNI), Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalización (ODG)
Coordinators: Diana Aguiar (TNI) and Mónica Vargas (ODG)
Contributors: Diana Aguiar, Erin Callary, Godwin Uyi Ojo, Joanna Cabello, Martin Mantxo, Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Mónica Vargas, Marcela Vecchione, Pablo Fajardo, Richard Girard, Tamra Gilbertson
Peer Review: Diana Aguiar, Juan Hernández Zubizarreta, Jutta Kill, Maria Elena Saludas, Mónica Vargas, Nick Buxton, Pablo Bertinat, Richard Girard, Satoko Kishimoto, Stephan Suhner
Revision support: Jorge San Vicente
Style editing: Karen Lang, Beatriz Martínez, Laura Sánchez
English translation: Karen Lang
Spanish translation: Beatriz Martínez, Laura Sánchez
Design: Ricardo Santos
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Date of elaboration: July 2015