Next Monday Ecuador’s Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa will present a proposal in Geneva to create a legally binding instrument against human rights violations by multinational companies.
Espinosa will travel to Geneva today from Lima since yesterday she participated in the presidential meeting and binational Cabinet between the Executives of Ecuador and Peru in the Peruvian city of Trujillo.
The legal proposal, led by Ecuador and South Africa, has been supported by 146 French deputies, who have addressed a letter to the French president Emmanuel Macron requesting him to support the initiative.
In the letter, whose content was released by the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry in a statement, French parliamentarians remember that globalization has led to cases of “modern slavery,” “unworthy” conditions for workers and environmental damage to the planet.
They recall that the French National Assembly adopted a “pioneering law in the world” on 27 March, which states that transnational corporations must effectively prevent serious attacks on human dignity and the environment.
In the letter, the French deputies emphasize that Ecuador, together with other African countries, leads the UN proposal on this issue, in addition to the fight against tax havens. (I)