Abby Martin: Bringing Corporations to Justice

Chevron's Toxic Legacy in Ecuador's Amazon

Image by Rainforest Action Network via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jul 24, 2016

For the first time ever, progress is being made at the United Nations for a binding legal instrument that would hold corporations accountable for human rights violations. Transnational corporations–many with larger economies than the countries they operate in–have enjoyed immunity from charges for destroying the environment and taking human lives. But Ecuador is leading a fight in the UN to create an international treaty and standards that can change this equation.

At teleSUR’s studios in Quito, Abby Martin interviews Ecuador’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Chair of the negotiations for the binging instrument, María Fernanda Espinosa, about the need for this step.

From the archives:

Dear Pres. Obama: Domestic Catastrophic Risk Demands Action by Ralph Nader

Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese: The #TPP: “The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History”

Chevron Runs from Judgment in Ecuador by Greg Palast

World’s Largest Environmental Lawsuit in Ecuador

Crude (2009)

Chevron’s “Crude” Attempt to Suppress Free Speech by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

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  12. What a great South American positive political transformation and how impressive and refreshing Maria Ferdinanda Espinosa put her case compared to all of European social democrats who are neither social nor democratic anymore. TTIP is not an issue of any concern as they are instructed not to give it due importance, including our own government in Malta.

  13. I so agree ~ one thousand percent…!

    Totally brilliant episode. This is the narrative we want to hear. These are the priorities that must and will shape the future of indigenous civilization; nothing less.

    This is exactly what Polly Higgins is campaigning for with her Eradicating Ecocide initiative; and so many informed, prescient people already know is the only genuinely intelligent way forward for sentient life in an undeveloped planet.

    We must establish and exercise this just principle of law, internationally; by whatever means we can muster and however long it takes.

    We are still in a dark age; this twilight of the gods is the wrong kind of darkness. It is not the darkness of the nurturing earth, nor of the infinite depths and abiding sublimity of the cosmic sky; but the darkness of men’s ~ yes, men’s ~ impoverished minds….immature minds, that have not yet even begun to recognize, let alone understand nor embody, the wisdom of the true metaphysical source of their own sacred capacity to think; to evaluate; to judge aright and to effect irresistible change; empowered by creative acts of enlightened will ~ invincible will, informed by the coherent force of pure love.

    María Fernanda Espinosa is exceptional.

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