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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 4 to 8 October 2010

PACE calls for laws to protect individuals from corporate abuses of human rights

[06/10/2010]  PACE has called for national laws to protect individuals from corporate abuses of rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and revised European Social Charter. Presenting a report on human rights and business, Holger Haibach (Germany, EPP/CD) said: "Businesses will only reap profits in the long term if they act ethically and responsibly." The parliamentarians also called on Council of Europe governments not to give contracts to firms which are associated with human rights abuses, including transnational firms operating beyond Europe.