The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable has signed on to a joint letter urging all governments to place human rights at the core of international economic agreements. It calls on governments to integrate human rights protections into international investment and trade agreements and to ensure that these agreements do not impair governments' abilities to respect, protect, and fulfill their human rights obligations.
The statement has been coordinated by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), with input from a number of organizations, including ICAR. The letter is also signed by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Centre for Research on Multinational Corporates (SOMO), Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick, Madhyam, and UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order Alfred de Zayas.
The full text of the joint statement can be found here.