Business and Human Rights

Economic Thinking, Economists’ Education and Human Rights

Economic Thinking, Economists’ Education and Human Rights

The first class I saw in economics I remember well. It was a class on the history of economic thought. There I learned that the first principal questions in the discipline dealt with the creation and distribution of wealth. These questions were deeply linked to questions of justice and human rights.

If They Globalize Exploitation, Let’s Globalize Resistance

If They Globalize Exploitation, Let’s Globalize Resistance

On July 30, 25 organizations from the indigenous, Afro-descendent, and human rights movements from 10 countries in the region met with Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to present cases of violations of their rights.

Illegally Mining Human Rights for Gold

Illegally Mining Human Rights for Gold

Even though the price of gold has now reached its lowest level in the last five years, its price increased precipitously between 2000 and 2012. This increase produced a worldwide growth in mining activities, including illegal gold mining, which has become an unleashed monster for human rights

Civil Society Answers to Corporate Capture

Civil Society Answers to Corporate Capture

A common practice of private companies is attempting to influence the legislation and institutional framework of States in order to design policies that favor their interests. Corporate capture is defined as undue influence that corporations exercise over national and international public institutions to maneuver in accordance with their interests and against the general public interest and the duty to respect, protect, and guarantee human rights.