Ask UN Global Compact companies to stop enabling human right violations in Venezuela
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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed concerns about allegations of excessive use of force by security forces, reports of violence by armed groups, as well as reports that people detained during the protests are being brought before military tribunals, not civilian courts.
During the course of 50 days of protests more than 40 people have been killed according to official figures. The government is in the process of overturning the country's constitution and refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the democratically-elected National Assembly.
The UN Global Compact (UNGC) asks private companies to operate in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
For this reason we ask the UNGC to ensure the following signatory companies: Citi, Deutsche Bank, Total, Repsol, Barrick Gold Corporation and Rosneft Oil Company to adhere to the principles of corporate responsibility.
- Respect the Venezuelan constitution which clearly states the National Assembly must approve any dealings with foreign companies.
- Report on the use of any investments in Venezuela and progress of existing or new joint ventures with the Venezuelan government or government-owned companies.
- Publicly demand from its business partner (the Venezuelan government) to respect the universal declaration of human rights.
- Make sure that all their business dealings with Venezuela are aligned with the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact (Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption)
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