Human rights at risk: China to invest $250bn in Latin America

This week the BBC reported that China is going to invest $250bn in Latin America in the next decade. The article, which you will find further below, raises important questions regarding the impacts of Chinese investment on the human rights landscape of the region. As has been widely reported (so I will not elaborate here), while Chinese investment can generate jobs and infrastructure in host countries, it can … More Human rights at risk: China to invest $250bn in Latin America

Privatization and Its Discontents: Education in the Americas

Last week, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted a landmark resolution calling on UN Member States to make the right to education a reality for all, including by “monitoring private education providers and holding accountable those whose practices have a negative impact on the enjoyment of the right to education.” It also recognizes the various impacts that the commercialization … More Privatization and Its Discontents: Education in the Americas

Chile: Empresa Cruz Verde y su uso de escáner corporal para evitar robos

El sindicato de los Trabajadores de Socofar Logística ha señalado que el uso de escáner corporal para evitar robos por la empresa Cruz Verde vulnera la dignidad de trabajadores. Según el sindicato, el escáner muestra con claridad genitales de hombres y mujeres e incluso las toallas higiénicas de las trabajadoras cuando están en su período menstrual. En algunos … More Chile: Empresa Cruz Verde y su uso de escáner corporal para evitar robos

Intergovernmental Working Group talks on business and human rights treaty begin today

Today the Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) meets for the first time in Geneva to start elaborating a binding treaty on business and human rights. The mandate of the IGWG stems from a resolution adopted at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2014. The resolution was drafted by Ecuador and South Africa, signed … More Intergovernmental Working Group talks on business and human rights treaty begin today

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights meets with OAS Missions

On June 29th, the Chilean Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) hosted a colloquium on human rights and business for OAS country missions and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Dante Pesce – the new UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights member from Latin America – was invited to speak about … More UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights meets with OAS Missions

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Danish Institute for Human Rights sign collaboration agreement

        The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) signed a joint declaration on collaboration, which aims to strengthen the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) with particular focus on the areas of business and human rights and sustainable development in the Americas. … More Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Danish Institute for Human Rights sign collaboration agreement