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14th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights


Linked below are the background and final papers of the 14th ASEM Informal Seminar on Human Rights held from 18 to 20 November 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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17 September 2015

Final paper: "Human Rights and Businesses - 14th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights"

Author: Asia-Europe Foundation

Addressing the complex relationship between businesses and human rights protection, this publication is based on the recommendations and discussions from the 14th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights which took place in October 2014 in Viet Nam on the topic “Human Rights and Businesses”. Topics cover the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and their application to ASEM members, particularly on state duty to protect human rights against violations by businesses; corporate responsibility and its contribution to human rights implementation; monitoring, reporting and access to remedies; and multi-stakeholder cooperation.

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11 November 2014

Background paper: 14th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights - "Human Rights & Businesses"

Author: Sumithra Dhanarajan & Claire Methven O' Brien

The purpose of this Background Paper is to give an overview of the topic of human rights and business and to provide some common foundations for discussion by participants  during the 14th Informal ASEM1 Seminar on Human Rights. Section 1 reflects on the evolution of the business and human rights field…Section 2 relates developments with regard to business and human rights in the European and Asian regions respectively, including steps taken to implement the UN Guiding Principles specifically. Section 3 addresses the four working group themes: 1. State duty to protect against human rights abuses by businesses; 2. Corporate responsibility and its contribution to human rights implementation; 3. Monitoring, Reporting and Access to remedies; 4. Multi-stakeholder cooperation. The paper concludes by highlighting some emerging issues that may influence the business and human agenda in the future…

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