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The Geneva Week of Mobilization Begins

The Polaris Institute's Executive Director, Richard Girard, is in Geneva this week to participate in a week of mobilization organized by the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power to pressure the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt binding codes that would regulate Transnational Corporations and provide access to justice for victims of human rights violations committed by corporations.

The week action kicked off with a hearing of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal:

Corporate giants go on trial for human rights abuses in Geneva

Tribunal hears cases of corporate violations highlighting the need for a global treaty

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Call to Defend Peoples' Rights Against Corporate Power outside WTO ministerial in Bali

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Polaris Institute's Tony Clarke and Richard Girard along with thousands of activists from hundreds of social movements are in Bali this week to challenge the World Trade Organization during its 9th Ministerial. Here is a press release from the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power where Polaris is playing a leading role:


Demands increase for international mechanisms to punish transnational corporations’ crimes

International Peoples Treaty: “Defending peoples’ rights against corporate power”

Stand With ACFN to Challenge Shell's Jackpine Expansion!

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation are bringing forward a question of constitutional law before the Joint Review panel challenging the application of Shell Oil's Jackpine Mine Expansion on October 23rd in Fort McMurray, AB. They are asking the public to join them and stand in solidarity as they present their evidence against Shell's proposed tar sands expansion project.

For more information about Shell's proposals and ACFN's Challenge please visit