A Guide for Victims and NGOs on Recourse Mechanisms


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In time for the opening of the "EU Roadmap to Business and Human Rights Conference" on May 11, the International Federation for Human Rights or FIDH announced the online publication of an updated version of its guide on accountability and redress mechanisms for corporate-related human rights abuses.

With this guide, FIDH seeks to provide a practical tool for victims and NGOs to seek justice and obtain reparations for human rights abuses involving multinational corporations. To do so, the guide explores the different avenues for redress available to victims, including judicial and non-judicial recourse mechanisms.

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FIDH’s Corporate Accountability Guide is now a reference. Making use of the mechanisms outlined in this guide is a way to help rendering them more effective and towards improving victims' access to effective remedies.

The 600-plus page Guide explores the different avenues available to victims, including judicial and non-judicial recourse mechanisms. It focuses primarily on violations committed in third countries by or with the support of a transnational corporation, its subsidiaries or its commercial partners.

 

By Masipag Mindanao

In Bukidnon, a young girl shows her passion towards agriculture at a very young age. Eleven-year old Diding is a rice breeder, when most girls her age are doing other things than being an agriculturist.

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At the age of 6, Lourdes Geraldo or Diding has successfully bred her own rice line making her the youngest rice breeder in the Philippines, and probably in the whole world.

As she turns 11, she is now producing her rice lines with her father and siblings in their 4-hectare DIFS (diversified) farm in Sitio Tomigbong, San Luis in Malitbog town.

Walking around their sloping and misty farm early in the morning, one can get the feeling of being at the vineyard scenes of the academy award-wining movie “walk in the clouds.” It’s worth reflecting to observe how the plants and the diversity of life rhymes in full harmony with nature.

Diding’s 4 rice lines are proven adaptive to their local climatic condition which made their farm more resilient to the changes in the weather patterns happening nowadays. But aside from rice breeding, Diding is also growing vegetables, root crops and flowering plants because she knows how useful it is to have a diverse genetic resources.

But how did this happen?

Diding was taught on rice breeding by her father, Mr. Eugenio “Eunie” Geraldo, one of the steadfast farmer leaders of MASIPAG Mindanao responsible for the expansions of organic agriculture in the far-flung communities in Northern Mindanao which are left behind by most government extension workers. Eunie is very passionate in educating people and in empowering his fellow farmers.

Eunie addressed one of the challenges faced by the organic farmers – passing on their knowledge to their children. So he taught Diding at her young age together with his children to ensure that his knowledge, practices and principles will live on to the generations to come.

Five years before he becomes a senior citizen, Eunie has a smile on his face and full of hope in his eyes that his children will sustain and broaden what he started: a sign of fulfilment that not all farmers enjoyed.

Diding brings a lot of hope not only to her family, but also to the entire Filipino farmers.


Consciousness and Conscience: We Cast Our Vote for Human Rights,
for the Environment, for Good Governance, and for Lasting Peace


WE, a 300-organization strong network of FAITH-BASED INSTITUTIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES, CSO AND GRASS ROOT ACTIVISTS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT and SAFE, CAPACITATED, and SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES are encouraging all our voters to exercise their right, use their power to vote for leaders who have political will, moral courage, and proven track record to put forth GENUINE DEVELOPMENT.


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WE need serious leaders who will:

  • Prioritize CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION and MITIGATION and DISASTER RISK REDUCTION and MANAGEMENT. The welfare of the Filipino people is in greater peril not only due to global impact of climate change but because of a government that has been inefficient to the calls and needs of vulnerable people and communities. We need better mechanism to be more prepared from the hazards that are frequently lashing our country. And, when stricken, we need leaders who will not let us to starve and languish in ill-equipped evacuation spaces, where even our dignity suffer.

    We cannot remain silent when amid all our community efforts leaders continuously approve COAL plants and mines, putting our health and our environment at even greater risk. Coal is non-negotiable. THERE IS NO CLEAN COAL. We don’t need leaders who are indifferent to this issue, if not totally benefitting from them. Apathy and inefficiency worsen the impact of disasters to our communities.

    We cannot give power to leaders who allow continuous destructive MINING operations and approve more mining applications, which destroy our natural resilience, our air, our mountains, and our seas and rivers, where we get our livelihood and home to many creatures we treasure as family.

    We do not need leaders who will SELL OUR LANDS piece by piece to ship to richer nation, leaving our communities barren, our forests in destruction, and our future in desperation.

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***


“Let us elect leaders who genuinely care for the Environment, Just and Lasting Peace, Human Rights, and Good Governance.”


  • What:  Press Conference | POWER of PURPLE
  • When: 6 MAY 2016 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am  | Lunch will be served
  • Where: MAXIMO CLARO HALL, MAX’s FRIED CHICKEN – QUEZON CITY CIRCLE
  • Who: Most Rev. Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Father Edu Gariguez, Yoly Esguerra, and Arlene Lusterio 

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Background:

The Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. launched its electoral campaign that aims to aid voters in choosing their leaders based on their stand on six national issues and concerns the country is currently facing. The Power of Purple or PoP is the network’s effort to demonstrate plainly and visually what the aspirants are bringing with them when they get elected into a position, come May 9 this year.

“We may not know what they will really do when they get elected, but this campaign presents evidence of what they have done in the past, what they are presently doing, and what they are promising to bring as their priorities,” Yoly Esguerra, PMPI’s national coordinator said.

PoP will serve as a hub for information on candidates in the coming 2016 Elections, which will especially showcase the stand of the future leaders on issues that are close to PMPI's advocacies. The POWER OF PURPLE is PMPI's initiative to promote a voting public that is well informed and equipped in making intelligent decision this coming 2016 national elections.

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Contact:
AMOR J. TAN SINGCO 
| Communications and Information Officer
Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc.
Unit 204 Pacific Century Tower, 1472-1476 Quezon Avenue,
Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City
T: (02) 961.5956
E: atansingco.pmpi(at)gmail.com
pmpi.org.ph


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates are weighed on their stand on 6 national issues
  • The “stand” of aspirants are in three different forms: legislations they have supported; the platform they bring as they run for public post; and their projects, past and present
  • The 6 national issues are viewed thru the network’s lens: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction efforts, Environment, Peace and Human Rights, Mining Issues, Good Governance, and Sustainable Agriculture, which includes also efforts on sustainable lifestyle practices
  • The profiles also include cases and other issues against the candidates (e.g., corruption charges) which are indicated by the “RED MARK”
  • Bills, resolutions, ordinances, and information from different resources are attached for reference

The Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. launched its electoral campaign that aims to aid voters in choosing their leaders based on their stand on six national issues and concerns the country is currently facing.


The Power of Purple or PoP is the network’s effort to demonstrate plainly and visually what the aspirants are bringing with them when they get elected into a position, come May 9 this year.

“We may not know what they will really when they get elected, but this campaign presents evidence of what they have done in the past, what they are presently doing, and what they are promising to bring as their priorities,” Yoly Esguerra, PMPI’s national coordinator said.

She added that the ones who have held a public post previously may have an advantage. Or not.

“If you’ve been a lawmaker in the past, we’ll see what you have done. The bills you pushed for, the calls you have supported and prioritized. For us this speaks a lot about the candidate,” said Esguerra.

For those who have had no background in politics, this is not a downer.

“If you’ve been just a private person yet you’ve had headed programmes, projects for the vulnerable people, you may get a thumbs up for the voters. What more can you do if you become a servant of the people officially? Will your record still hold true?” she challenged.

Readers are asked to be watchful of the “Red Mark” to be able to weigh in their choices regarding the material. The “Red Mark” in the candidates’ profile indicates the cases, issues, and other notable conflicts they are involved with.

The “Red Marks” can give a clue to the candidates’ character and integrity or fitness to hold the public office.

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