The UN inter-governmental working group on transnational businesses and human rights is to hold a fifth session of discussions over an international, legally binding instrument between 14 and 18 October in Geneva. The talks will be based on a new draft text, presented by the rapporteur having been drawn up following the fourth discussion session in October 2018 (see article n°10810). This initiative seeks to ensure effective access to justice and reparations for victims of human rights violations committed by multinational companies. In addition to providing access to justice and the possibility for companies that violate human rights to be held responsible, the draft treaty would also introduce an obligation to identify and prevent the risks of such violations.
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