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Reports to UN Human Rights Council > 2011

On 16 June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework" proposed by UN Special Representative John Ruggie and established a Working Group on business & human rights.
- press release
- full text of resolution: English - Spanish - French - Arabic - Chinese - Russian
- Human Rights Council announcement, including statements by govt. delegations; French version

Special Representative Ruggie had presented his final report and the Guiding Principles to the UN Human Rights Council on 30 May 2011:
- text of presentation to UN Human Rights Council [PDF]
- video of presentation [downloads .RM media file]
- press release re presentation: "Business & human rights: Guiding Principles for a socially sustainable globalization" [DOC]  

Following Ruggie's 30 May presentation, several States on the Council commented during the period of interactive dialogue.  See: 
- "Statements by govts. at Human Rights Council session" below
- "Council holds dialogue with Experts on summary executions, independence of judges and lawyers, transnational corporations" [scroll to paragraph beginning "With regards to the issue of human rights and transnational corporations..." 

Special Representative Ruggie previously issued "Recommendations on follow-up to the mandate" [PDF], in February 2011.

All documents submitted by Ruggie, statements to Human Rights Council by govts. & civil society, press coverage:

Final report to UN Human Rights Council, with Guiding Principles

In March 2011, Special Representative Ruggie published his final report to the UN Human Rights Council, which included Guiding Principles for the implementation of the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework that he had proposed to the Council in 2008 and that the Council had unanimously approved:

"Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, John Ruggie - Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework" [PDF], 21 March 2011

- official translations: Arabic [DOC] - Chinese [PDF] - French [PDF] - Russian [PDF] - Spanish [DOC]

 

Statements by govts. at Human Rights Council session

16 Jun 2011 statements to Human Rights Council by Norway, Argentina, United States, Ecuador, Hungary, United Kingdom
- text of Norway, UK statements [PDF]
- text of Ecuador statement [PDF]
    - español: texto de la declaración de Ecuador [PDF]
- français : déclarations au Conseil des droits de l'homme du 16 juin 2011, par les délégations de la Norvège, de l'Argentine, des Etats-Unis, de l'Equateur, de la Hongrie, du Royaume-Uni

In the "interactive dialogue" between government delegations and Special Procedures, the following government delegates referred to Special Representative Ruggie's work in their remarks.  (Links open video files in .RM format.)

30 May 2011

31 May 2011

 

Statements to Human Rights Council by NGOs & business orgs.

This page includes statements to the UN Human Rights Council regarding the Special Representative's 2011 report and the Guiding Principles.  Please send any statements that do not appear here to Greg Regaignon, regaignon@business-humanrights.org

Latest additions:

Amnesty Intl: United Nations: A call for action to better protect the rights of those affected by business-related human rights abuses, 14 Jun 2011

Intl. Federation of Human Rights, Intl. Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, ESCR-Net, Rights & Accountability in Development: Joint Civil Society Statement on Business and Human Rights to the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 15 Jun 2011

 

Videos of interventions, 31 May 2011 (Links open video files in .RM format.)

  

Amnesty International, ESCR-Net, Human Rights Watch, Intl. Commission of Jurists, Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID): Joint Civil Society Statement to the 17th Session of the Human Rights Council, 30 May 2011

Association for Progressive Communications: Oral Statement to the Human Rights Council, 30 May 2011 

FIAN International & 27 other NGOs: Statement to the Human Rights Council [PDF], 30 May 2011
- en español: Declaración Dirigida a las Delegaciones del Consejo de Derechos Humanos [PDF], 30 mayo 2011

Intl. Org. of Employers, Intl. Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD: Joint Statement on Business and Human Rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council [PDF], 30 May 2011

CIDSE: Briefing for the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council [PDF], 20 May 2011
- en français : Note d’information en vue de la 17ème session du Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU [PDF], mai 2011
- Text of oral statement to Human Rights Council [PDF]

World Federation of Trade Unions: Exposición escrita, 19 mayo 2011

Human Rights Advocates: Written Statement, 19 May 2011

ActionAid, Amnesty International, ESCR-Net, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, Rights & Accountability in Development & 48 other NGOs: Advancing the global business and human rights agenda: Follow-up to the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General [PDF], May 2011

 
For other commentaries on the Guiding Principles, click here (latest commentaries: Joint note on follow-up actions in Southeast Asia by Singapore Management Univ. - Asian Peace-building & Rule of Law Programme, Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN, Univ. of California-Berkeley War Crimes Studies Centre, Mazars; comments by ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, CIVICUS, Intl. Bar Association, Intl. Council on Mining & Metals, Intl. Trade Union Confed., companies: Cerrejón, Coca-Cola, Flextronics, JSL)

 

Amnesty International

ESCR-Net, The International Network for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

Human Rights Watch

International Commission of Jurists

FIDH, International Federation for Human Rights

RAID, Rights and Accountability in Development

Press re presentation to Human Rights Council

"How the UN human rights framework affects business"Wambui Kimathi & Louiza Kabiru, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, in Business Daily (Kenya), 16 Jun 2011

"BSR Media Backgrounder: United Nations Vote This Week Marks a Milestone for Global Business and Human Rights", Business for Social Responsibility [BSR], 14 Jun 2011

"The first ever guidelines on business and human rights", Kuwait News Agency, 1 Jun 2011

"Business & human rights: Guiding Principles for a socially sustainable globalization" [DOC], press release by Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

"UN expert presents global standards for human rights in business world", UN News Centre, 31 May 2011