Activism and Research on TNCs and Human Rights: Building a New International Normative Regime
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The impact of transnational corporations (TNCs) on human rights was once a largely neglected subject. Early attention to human rights after the Second World War was focused almost exclusively on the actions of nation states. That was perhaps as it should be, given the fact that governments are both the worst violators of human rights, and the institutions that are charged by international law with the primary responsibilities for protecting them. More recently human rights violations by TNCs have received increased attention. There has been a spate of new studies that seek to research the connections between transnationals and human rights. New political activism has also sought to identify and reduce violations of human rights by TNC production facilities (for example, sweatshops).
KeywordsWorld Trade Organization International Labor Organization North American Free Trade Agreement Transnational Corporation Full Disclosure
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