On 26 june 2014 the UN Human Rights Council adopted resolution 26-9 giving an intergovernmental working group a mandate to elaborate and an international legally binding framework of human rights law with respect to the activities of Transnational Corporations. Here's a clip of the second session of the working group as Susan George is given the floor.
Artist and author John Berger died on January 2, 2017 at his home in Paris. John was one of TNI's first fellows. We remember him fondly as a kind man with a singular perspective on the world and the presence of a natural performer.
There is no escaping it. 2016 was a terrible year for anyone concerned with social and environmental justice. Even so, amidst the gloom, there were important struggles and victories by social movements. Here are 12 stories that inspire us to act as we move into 2017.
Civil Society and Faith Organisations have issued an urgent appeal about worsening crisis in Myanmar. It is time for government and international community to stop responding to ethnic repression as exceptions but examples of deep challenges in the country.
This briefing updates the July 2016 report ‘Border Wars: the arms dealers profiting from Europe’s refugee tragedy’ . It shows that the European policy response to the refugee tragedy continues to provide a booming border security market for Europe’s arms and security firms, some of whom are involved in selling arms to the Middle East and North Africa and all of whom encourage European policies focused on keeping refugees out. It’s a win-win for the security corporations, but the cost is a deadly toll for migrants forced into ever more dangerous routes as they flee wars, conflict and oppression.
The European Union’s investment in border security measures boomed in 2016, a new report reveals, with prominent arms and security firms being the main beneficiaries. The militarisation of EU’s borders has however come at a terrible human cost, with the highest ever recorded yearly death toll of over 4700 known deaths in the Mediterranean sea, as refugees are forced to resort to ever more dangerous routes to enter Europe.
John started in the beginning of 2016 at TNI as Personnel Officer. Before joining TNI he worked as a human resource adviser in the Dutch NGO sector. He studied personnel management at HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem. Followed by the study business law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. As a volunteer, John is working for the Dutch trade union CNV. When not at work he can be found...
Amidst the many challenges Myanmar now faces, the threats to the environment are urgent – and they are growing more extreme. The situation is especially serious in the case of mega dams and hydropower where a host of projects are being promoted, without appropriate planning or public consultation, that are likely to cause irreversible harm to communities and natural ecosystems around the country. Not only are many of the projects located in nationality areas that are conflict zones, but the bulk of the energy produced will also be exported to neighbouring countries.
En la década de 1970, a los trabajadores de la fábrica británica de armas Lucas Aerospace se les ocurrió un plan innovador para mantener sus puestos de trabajo mediante la aplicación alternativa y socialmente útil de la tecnología de la compañía y sus propias habilidades.
Drug users from Kachin came together last November to discuss the challenges and difficulties they experience and identify possible solutions to their problems. Read their statement and recommendations.
Primera parte de una extensa entrevista que realizó la revista Compañero con Daniel Chávez (en el próximo número se publicará la segunda parte donde aborda otros temas). Chávez es uruguayo, licenciado en Ciencias Antropológicas por la Facultad de Hu- manidades y Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad de la República. Magíster y Doctor en Políticas de Desarrollo por el Instituto de Estudios Sociales (ISS) de la Universidad de Erasmus-Rotterdam. Coordinador del Proyecto ‘Nueva Política’ del Transnational Institute de Ámsterdam, Países Bajos
Rising repression and restrictions for civil society organisations and social movements have put the issue of 'shrinking space' on the NGO agenda. TNI is working with activists and academics to probe the issue critically: exposing the underlying drivers, drawing attention to those most impacted, while highlighting those whose democratic space is increasing at the public's expense.
Concern that civil society's space for action is shrinking has caused widespread concern, but whose space is really shrinking and what do we do about it? TNI hosted a workshop in Berlin in October 2016 with a variety of critical voices from academia, social movements, community-based groups and activists to hear their perspectives.
The EU's reputation for clean and sustainable energy conceals a dirtier reality, particularly where renewable energy policies and development are driven by corporate interests. Today, nearly two thirds of all “renewable” energy in the EU comes from bio-energy. Although bio-energy appears to provide a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, there are serious questions about its actual emissions profile, and about environmental and social conflicts which are created or exacerbated by the industrial-scale production of biomass to meet European energy needs.