The Trócaire Making a Killing Policy Document can be downloaded here.
Trócaire’s 2019 Lenten Appeal urges support for people left landless in the developing world
Launching the organisation’s 2019 Lenten Appeal, Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra warned that the corporate race for natural resources has put millions of people around the world at risk of exploitation and abuse.
The Appeal was launched today with the release of a policy report – ‘Making a Killing: Holding Corporations to Account for Land and Human Rights Violations’ – calling for a legally binding UN treaty to protect people in the developing world from human rights violations.
According to Trócaire CEO, Caoimhe de Barra:
“The human rights framework governing businesses has not kept pace with the modern economy. We live in a globalised world, where business knows no border. Countries, particularly in the developing world, compete for investment from companies often richer and more powerful than they are. The world’s top 10 corporations have a combined revenue equivalent to more than the 180 ‘poorest’ countries.
“This has led to a global sell-off of the natural resources the world’s poorest people rely on. Since 2000, over 49 million hectares of communal or smallholder land – approximately six times the size of Ireland – has been acquired for commercial use by transnational entities. This is the land that poor people have relied on to feed their families for generations.”