On November 12th, 2020, Child Rights Connect published an article about the negotiations on a business and human rights treaty that took place at the end of October 2020. Thanks to the cooperation between the network, its members, and its partners based on a study by DKA Austria and the International Commission of Jurists, a child-rights based approach was included in the discussions.
This treat project started in 2014 and aims at regulating the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises so they respect international human rights law. Indeed, the impact of their activity on human rights, including children’s rights, is often overlooked. Discussions on children’s rights specifically have never been included in negotiations until this year.
Some of the key points were supported by some of the States and were thus included in the session’s report, such as the removal of legal barriers. Child Rights Connect commits itself to continue the efforts to have a child rights-based approach included in future drafts of the treaty. More information available at: https://www.childrightsconnect.org/promoting-the-inclusion-of-a-child-rights-based-approach-in-the-business-and-human-rights-treaty-negotiations/