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EU: Exemption on the use of products and solutions, including tools of torture, from prepared EU business enterprise human rights regulation is a dangerous oversight

Reacting to experiences that proposed EU organization legislation will exempt firms from addressing the human rights pitfalls connected to how their solutions are utilised, which include arms, tools of torture or surveillance equipment, Amnesty International’s Coverage Advisor on Enterprise and Human Legal rights Hannah Storey claimed:

“This exemption would represent a risky oversight. Choose, for example, an EU-centered company providing rubber bullets to authorities with a record of firing them at peaceful protestors. Absurdly, this regulation as drafted, would signify that the enterprise has to evaluate the human legal rights hazards connected to the storage and transport of the bullets, but not their real use.

“The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive has the potential to be a floor-breaking piece of EU legislation. It could compel huge corporations to tackle the human legal rights and environmental impacts of their goods, services, and sourcing. But this carve-out will proficiently shelter some of the worst company human rights offenders in Europe.

This carve-out will successfully shelter some of the worst corporate human rights offenders in Europe.

Hannah Storey, Amnesty International’s Policy Advisor on Business enterprise and Human Rights

“As it stands this is a woefully skipped prospect to enact binding human legal rights owing diligence obligations on companies functioning in the EU, and to protect against their products and solutions or solutions from inflicting pain and suffering. We are calling for the exemption on use to be reversed so that human legal rights can be safeguarded.

We are contacting for the exemption on use to be reversed so that human rights can be protected.

Hannah Storey

Track record

The European Parliament Committee on Lawful Affairs’ posture on the Corporate Sustainability Owing Diligence Directive is owing to be finalized by the conclude of April, and then voted on by the Parliament in Might. There will then be negotiations in between the European Parliament, European Fee and Council of the EU on a remaining directive. As at present drafted, the Committee on Lawful Affairs’ place fails to meet international human legal rights specifications, which have to have providers to evaluate human rights pitfalls and impacts throughout their whole value chain, from the extraction of uncooked resources to the use of their merchandise and companies.


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