Intl. investment agreements & policy

The global framework of international investment agreements and national investment policies can limit the protection of human rights.  International organizations such as UNCTAD and the South Centre, NGOs, and academics have made proposals to ensure that these agreements and policies do not limit human rights protections, and can even provide greater protection of the rights of those affected by foreign investment.  Some countries have developed policies in this direction and adopted some of these recommendations, in some cases renegotiating their international investment agreements.  

To address these issues, this section of our site includes materials on the human rights impacts of:

  • International investment agreements and policy – both bilateral and multilateral, and including investor protection provisions in trade agreements
  • National policies on foreign investment, including export processing and special economic zones
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15 February 2020

India: As Chinese business is disrupted, Indian garment factories see opportunity to revive industry

Author: Sonali Verma, Hindustan Times

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12 February 2020

Vietnam: NGOs call EU to postpone vote on free trade with Vietnam citing human rights concerns; EU says deal will address issues

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"Vietnam looks to burnish human rights image before EU trade vote", 11 February 2020...

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12 February 2020
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15 January 2020

New NGO report: Analysis of new regulatory developments for holding transnational corporations accountable

Author: Terre Solidaire

" 'A la carte' justice for transnational corporations?", Oct 2019...

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20 December 2019

Intl. investment agreements should be designed to promote investments that advance the SDGs, according to CCSI report

Author: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

International investment agreements (“IIAs”) provide enforceable protections to foreign investors in order to stimulate investment flows and therefore sustainable development... [This paper] proposes that IIAs should be designed and evaluated with ...

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17 December 2019

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12 December 2019

Sri Lanka: Massive infrastructure projects bankrolled by China cause concerns for human, environmental rights

Author: Lauren Frayer, NPR

At Sri Lanka's southern tip...Less than 2 miles down the coast, towering blue-and-white cranes dwarf the lighthouse, as does a contemporary glass and stucco office building — the Chinese headquarters of a sprawling new port complex......

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12 December 2019

Bougainville: Local leaders want to reopen Panguna Mine but distrust remains for foreign mining companies

Author: Joshua Mcdonald, The Diplomat

"Will Bougainville Reopen the Panguna Mine? With an independence referendum on the horizon, reopening the Panguna mine offers both attractive opportunities and terrible consequences", 22 November 2019...

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9 December 2019
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5 December 2019

Vietnam: CSOs urge European Parliament not to ratify EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement until Vietnam fulfils its commitments to human rights

Author: Vietnam Committee on Human Rights & Que Me

"Civil society calls on European Parliament not to ratify EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement without firm guarantees on human rights", 4 Dec 2019...

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