Includes: why a focus on corporate accountability?; communities at the frontline; corporations: the accountability challenge; the way forward: legislative and policy opportunities; recommendations: action on accountability. Argues that devastating human rights violations will continue to occur with impunity unless we move beyond voluntary approaches and bring in a legally binding treaty on business and human rights. The size;influence and complexity of corporations pose major challenges for states to hold them to account. Impunity regarding human rights abuses by companies is increasing. Communities seeking to protect their human rights from the actions of corporations face growing levels of violence and intimidation. States and corporations often combine to supress communities who oppose large-scale developments on their lands. Growing numbers of human rights defenders are risking their lives.
Authors and Publishers
Economic Development & Institutions;Benin Institutional Diagnostic WP19/BID08 Chapter 7;Philippe Lavigne Delville with discussion by Kenneth Houngbedji
Mokoro is pleased to host the ’Land Rights in Africa’ site as a contribution to the land rights dialogue and related debates. This website was created in January 2000 by Robin Palmer, and was originally housed by Oxfam GB, where Robin worked as a Land Rights Adviser. A library of resources on land rights in Africa – with a particular focus on women’s land rights and on the impact of land grabbing in Africa – the portal has been well received by practitioners, researchers and policy makers, and has grown considerably over the years.