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International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances

Convention against Disappearances enters into force

> Press release

On 23rd December 2010, almost four years after its adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance eventually reached the 20th ratification which was necessary for its entry into force. Iraq was the 20th country that ratified this international treaty. “This is an historical date”, says Mrs. Mary Aileen D. Bacalso Chair of the Asian Federation Against Disappearances (AFAD) and focal person of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 5 January 2011

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Carbon capture and storage : legal issues

Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) describes the process of capturing CO2 emissions from industrial and energy-related processes, compressing the gas to a liquid form, transporting it to a storage site (by pipeline, ship, truck or rail), and injecting it into a geological cavity - to isolate it from the atmosphere. CCS has been described as one option in the « portfolio » of mitigation options - useful as a bridging technology to address the most prevalent greenhouse gases by volume in (...) read

date of on-line publication : 5 January 2007


Depleted Uranium

> War Resisters (...)

This article describes the US’s use of uranium in warfare, what the term ‘depleted uranium’ really means and gives some background to the sources of this radioactive weaponry. Finally, it outlines briefly the consequences of this weaponary on the human body.


date of on-line publication : 16 December 2005


Are Human Rights Any Business of Business? Corporate Behaviour from a Human Rights Perspective

> November 2005,

“Is there an indirect human rights responsibility of corporations that arises from the human rights obligations of their home states? And second, is there a human rights responsibility of corporations themselves, thus a direct human rights responsibility of corporations regardless of the international commitments of their home states?” This paper outlines the evolution of the Corporate Social Responsibility model, describes the international conventions which exist and gives an introduction (...) read

date of on-line publication : 2 December 2005

BÄR Rosmarie

Water needs the protection of international law

> 2005, Social Watch (Report by Alliance Sud) (...)

With facts like "80% of all diseases in developing countries can be traced back to the use of polluted water", the need for an equitable supply of safe water is great. This article outlines the arguments for an international convention within the UN framework binding the right to water and protecting it as a public good. The article discusses the policy failures surrounding the battle for access to water to be safeguarded, looks at some of the existing UN documents which state the need for access to clean drinking water, particularly within a human rights context and the shift from a "public good" to an "economic good". Finally it presents the need for a holistic approach to safeguarding water supply.

  • The full report, which goes into further details, can be found in pdf format at the Alliance Sud website here. This report is also available in French and Spanish.

date of on-line publication : 8 November 2005

Massan d’Almeida

Is Water a Public Good or a Commodity?

> Appeared on Globalizacija site in English, October 2004. (Original text from AWID in French)

This article considers first the ethical principles by which access to water should be viewed. It argues that using the current approach of considering water as a commodity and privatising its supply will not allow us to reach the target of the Millennium Development Goals to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water. Finally it presents the reasons for and the benefits of an international binding convention on water. (...) read

date of on-line publication : 8 November 2005

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