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This section contains opinion pieces from the business and human rights movement, written by both our global team and many authors outside of our organisation. These have been curated and published by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

The responsibilities of business in conflict and post-conflict contexts

Excerpts from UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor's speech at the open meeting of the Business Network on Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders: “Deep dive: Colombia: from the promise of economic development to widespread repression – the role of business during social protests: challenges and opportunities"

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Just Recovery from COVID-19

The Resource Centre, FORUM-ASIA and ICAR seek answers to the question - Amidst the tragedy of the pandemic, how can the movement for social justice in business set a radically different course towards a just recovery?

Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence

Experts from civil society, governments and business discuss what Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence could mean for advancing human rights in business.

Beyond Social Auditing

The Resource Centre and Clean Clothes Campaign call on expert authors to reflect on solutions and fundamental reform options for accountable due diligence that goes beyond social auditing.

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    16 June 2021: UN Guiding Principles at 10

    16 Jun 2021 Dante Pesce, Surya Deva, Elżbieta Karska, Githu Muigai, Anita Ramasastry – UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

    The UNWG calls on states and businesses to use the anniversary moment to recommit and set clear implementation goals for the coming years, to increase the pace of implementation on the scale needed to deliver impact toward 2030 and beyond.

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    The Quiet Radicalism of the Responsibility to Respect

    16 Jun 2021 Francis West, Shift

    Francis West from Shift on the striking progress and untapped potential of the UNGPs ten years later

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    Presenting the People's Map of Global China: a Call for a Global Network

    15 Jun 2021 Editorial Board, People’s Map of Global China “全球中国众地图”编委会

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    Fighting back against the use of litigation to quash dissent

    15 Jun 2021 Christen Dobson, Senior Programme Manager & Researcher at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Lady Nancy Zuluaga, Legal Researcher on Human Rights Defenders & Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

    Powerful entities are abusing the legal system to silence human rights defenders and communities who speak out against corporate abuse to protect our rights and shared environment.

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    Colombia: The role of business during social protests - challenges & opportunities

    14 Jun 2021 Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

    Business has a responsibility during times of social upheaval, as the current situation in Colombia highlights. Most obviously they must ensure their practices, policies or products are not being used to legitimise or carry out abuses against those peacefully demanding their rights, writes Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

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    Towards a social economy: The next generation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    14 Jun 2021 Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

    The UNGPs should ensure globalisation becomes a positive force for change, writes Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

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    Right to self-determination and land rights must be central in struggle for a Just Recovery

    10 Jun 2021 Binota Moy Dhamai, AIPP, Joie Chowdhury, ESCR-Net

    As COVID-19 wreaks devastation across the globe, States are justifying destructive development projects in the name of bolstering their battered economies, write Binota Moy Dhamai, AIPP & Joie Chowdhury, ESCR-Net. Land-related violations in the name of development are a widespread and longstanding practice affecting a wide range of human rights. But if we are serious about delivering a just and equitable transition and recovery, Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination must be enforced, alongside strengthened land-related rights and participation rights of land-dependent communities.

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    The UN Guiding Principles at 10: Scaling up investor action on human rights

    9 Jun 2021 Anita Ramasastry, Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

    Widespread implementation of the UNGPs will continue to be stymied unless investor respect for human rights is sped and scaled up, writes Anita Ramasastry on the UNGPs 10+ report "Taking stock of investor implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights".

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    Advancing business respect for human rights in conflict-affected areas through the UNGPs

    9 Jun 2021 Sam Jones & Richard Stazinski, Founders, Heartland Initiative & members of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights

    Heeding the UNGPs’ call for enhanced human rights due diligence in conflict-affected areas, Heartland Initiative has developed the Rights Respecting Investment in CAHRA methodology.

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    The UN Guiding Principles at 10: An investor perspective

    9 Jun 2021 Danielle Essink, Human rights specialist in Robeco’s Active Ownership Team & Advisory Council member of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights

    Danielle Essink from Robeco on how investors can move forward to ensure that the next decade will be focused on global implementation of the Guiding Principles and create better outcomes for people.

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