African Union draft policy framework on business & human rights

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27 March 2017

African Union set on making businesses more responsive to human rights through development of a policy on business & human rights

Author: Ololade Bamidele, Premium Times (Nigeria)

"AU Set On Making African Businesses More Responsive To Human Rights", 24 March 2017

The responsibility to sanitise the business environment on the African continent, to strike a balance between the needs of businesses and the rights of the people to a fair life and environment, and to offer a better safety net to Africans by making businesses more responsive to human rights has led to the drafting of the African Union Policy on Business and Human Rights...The consideration and validation of the draft of the Policy Framework was the subject of a gathering of over 50 participants comprised of representatives of the African Union (AU) member states, regional economic [communities] (RECs), national human rights commissions, businesses, the media and civil society at the African Union Secretariat in Addis Ababa between March 21 and 22...The newer draft of the ‘soft law’ that has emerged from the validation/consultation process will be presented to the AU Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Justice and Legal Affairs, which would discuss it on May 8 for adoption by the policy organs of the AU, before being finally tabled at the assembly of African Union member states and governments.

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21 March 2017

Validation workshop of the African Union Policy on Business and Human Rights

Author: African Union

The two-day validation workshop on the Draft AU Policy Framework on Human Rights and Business co-organized by the African Union Commission’s Department of Political Affairs and the European Union (EU) kicked off on Tuesday, 21st March 2017 at the African Union [in Addis Ababa]... In his welcome statement, Mr. Mbari Calixte Aristide, Acting Head of Democracy, Governance, Human Rights and Elections Division of the AU Department of Political Affairs...stated that Africa has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and as such has the potential to attract even greater economic investments on the continent. There is therefore a need for a business and human rights policy that can address some of the problems that come with fast growing economies particularly the disregard for human rights by businesses. 

[See also announcement by EU Delegation to the African Union: 
Workshop on AU policy on business and human rights set to take place in Addis Ababa, 20 March 2017 
Indicates that further information can be obtained from:
Mr. John Ikubaje | Senior Governance Officer at the Department of Political Affairs | African Union Commission | Tel:  +251 0923208041 | E-mail: [email protected] ]

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