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Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments

Author: Alan Bryden and Lucía Hernández, Business and Human Rights Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, Published on: 25 January 2016

Among the challenges faced by businesses operating in complex environments, security issues can be particularly difficult to address…The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) are committed to promoting effective multi-stakeholder approaches to security and human rights challenges…This engagement has translated into a strategic partnership…seeking to maximize the opportunities offered by the V[oluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights] through working together…to help address security and human rights challenges…This article highlights insights and approaches emerging from the DCAF-ICRC partnership. Following the logic of the project, it is intended to promote much-needed discussion and experience sharing across stakeholder groups and knowledge communities. The article begins by summarizing important challenges, as expressed by companies at headquarters and operational levels. It then identifies lessons learned and relevant good practices. Finally, it considers progress made to date and assesses the challenges that remain in this field...

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