Amnesty Intl. & Conectas (Brazil) raise concerns with UN Working Group on business & human rights re its country visits, treatment of information from groups affected by companies

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30 July 2012

[PDF] [Letter to Conectas Direitos Humanos, Amnesty International]

Author: Puvan Selvanathan, Chair of UN Working Group on business & human rights

The Working Group will engage with all stakeholders relevant to its mandate during country visits, to the best extent possible...We naturally expect to engage with victims of alleged human rights abuses....The Working Group has to date made requests for visits to 21 countries...The Working Group agrees that in order to fulfil its mandate and make meaningful recommendations it must examine and learn from real-life situations of actual or potential corporate abuse. That is why we...welcome information submitted to the Working Group by relevant stakeholders...In some circumstances, the Working Group may decide to raise specific allegations which we determine to be particularly emblematic with relevant States and companies...

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13 July 2012

[PDF] [Letter to UN Working Group on business & human rights]

Author: Conectas Direitos Humanos, Amnesty International

...[We] noted with some concern the limitations set on country visits and receipt of information. The resolution...that created the mandate requested the Group to conduct country visits; the resolution did not limit the scope of these visits...To discharge its mandate effectively the Working Group’s country visits should include attention to cases where human rights abuses are alleged to be occurring as a consequence of, or in the context of, corporate activity...We would welcome a public clarification that...the Working Group is looking forward to receiving information from affected groups and that where credible information is received this will be raised with the relevant States and companies, assessed and reported on.

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