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La société civile condamne la tentative désespérée de faire obstacle au processus du traité ONU

Le 19 septembre 2018 - Déclaration de l’Alliance pour un Traité (Treaty Alliance)

L’Alliance pour un traité (Treaty Alliance) a appris que l’Union Européenne et quelques États alliés prévoiraient de prononcer la déclaration reproduite ci-dessous au Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations-Unies à Genève ce mercredi 19 septembre.

Nous condamnons cette action visant à changer les pratiques du Conseil des droits de l’Homme. Nous considérons ce geste comme une tentative lâche et désespérée de remettre en cause la légitimité du processus mené par le groupe de travail intergouvernemental chargé de l’élaboration d’un instrument international juridiquement contraignant sur les sociétés transnationales et autres entreprises et les droits de l’Homme. Pourtant, la volonté de toutes les communautés affectées par ces activités à travers le monde est de voir ce processus mené à son terme, jusqu’à l’adoption d’un tel instrument international. L’Alliance pour un Traité note également que le geste de l’UE menace d’autres processus onusiens dont l’objet est de renforcer le droit international des droits de l’Homme.

Nous appelons l’Union Européenne et ses alliés à cesser leur action de déstabilisation pour s’engager de manière constructive dans le processus de négociation, pour mettre en place un instrument contraignant ambitieux qui protégerait les communautés affectées à travers le monde.

Nous appelons également toutes les organisations de la société civile à demander à ce que leur représentant aux Nations Unies s’exprime ce mercredi et condamne toute tentative d’obstruction du processus mené par groupe de travail intergouvernemental chargé de l’élaboration d’un instrument international juridiquement contraignant pour les sociétés transnationales et autres entreprises.

VOIR CI-DESSOUS LA VERSION PROVISOIRE DE LA DÉCLARATION QUE L’UE ET SES ALLIES TENTERAIENT DE PRONONCER AU CONSEIL DES DROITS DE L’HOMME CE MERCREDI.


39th Session of the Human Rights Council

Item 5

For delivery on 19 September 2018

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Mr President,

The intergovernmental working groups and other intersessional fora established under the auspices of this Council have a critical role to play in strengthening the protections afforded by international human rights law and ensuring the implementation of existing obligations.

We take this opportunity to recall that intergovernmental working groups and other bodies set up by the Council shall, and unless decided otherwise by the Council, apply the rules of procedure established for the Main Committees of the General Assembly. By disregarding these rules of procedure we can undermine the very outcomes of the work these intergovernmental groups were tasked to achieve in the first place.

Accordingly, each working group is required to elect a Chairperson, by secret ballot, for a fixed term, and on the basis of experience, personal competence, and equitable geographical distribution. If a Chair is unable to perform his or her functions, a successor must be elected by the membership, using the same criteria. Once elected, the Chair remains, in the exercise of his or her functions, under the authority of the working group. The Chair discharges their functions as an individual, not as a representative of their delegations, and in the best interests of the membership as a whole.

The competence and impartiality of chairpersons, their respect for the applicable rules of procedure, and their efforts to ensure that the views of all Member States are heard and reflected are essential to ensure that working groups can produce high-quality outcomes able to engender the broadest possible support. While the Council may confer an open-ended mandate, it is the responsibility of each core group to return to the Council for a renewal of its program of work, to ensure that its endeavours and resources reflect, and are accountable to, the democratic will of the members of this Council.

We also stress the importance of ensuring that time and resources are used in the most efficient manner, that agendas and papers are circulated in good time and that reports from these working groups fairly reflect the balance of views.

Taking into account that most chairpersons discharge these functions admirably, we recall the need for a strict application of this set of rules and standards by all to help secure a conducive environment for the constructive engagement of all stakeholders with due respect to rules of procedure set up by the General Assembly and established practice.

Thank you, Mr President.

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