Brazil: International Accountability Project and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre held a webinar on monitoring companies’ human rights violations

Author: Alexander Andrade Sampaio, International Accountability Project/IAP (US)), Published on: 5 August 2018

“Webinar on documenting human rights violations and monitoring companies and development financiers-Earlier this year, the International Accountability Project (IAP) and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) held a webinar on using technology to monitor human rights violations and the ways in which civil society organizations can participate in this work”, 1 Aug 2018 

The Early Warning System monitors projects and policies of major development lenders operating around the globe, such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Bank, to inform and advise communities potentially affected by the plans of these institutions and to carry out specific thematic and project analyses. IAP discussed...[an]...analysis that was completed on the information disclosure practices of the private arm of the Inter-American Bank — the IDB Invest...[T]he Early Warning System can also be used to alert communities that may have their environmental and human rights affected by projects and policies of development banks…[W]e discussed the various ways in which interested organizations can partner with the Early Warning System…[J]úlia Mello Neiva, from BHRRC, presented...the Centre’s…[and]...spoke about how...[it]...emerged…when governments were no longer the main violators of human rights…[T]here was an urgent need to confront globalization and the growing economic and political power of transnational corporations…[I]t was necessary to understand the role of corporations in human rights violations and to discuss how to hold them accountable for such violations…[T]he Centre seeks out and disseminates corporate responses to allegations of human rights abuses and violations. These responses are published in the weekly bulletins…[I]t is an important tool of pressure for change…[I]nformation is provided in order to give voice to vulnerable groups, individuals and victims of violations, highlighting the efforts and struggles of human rights defenders, and seeking ways to hold corporations accountable for violations and to disseminate broad and globally information about such violations…[I]AP and BHRRC now plan to conduct future webinars in English and Spanish to detail their work and possibilities for cooperation with organizations in the region. The recording of the Portuguese webinar is available and it is possible to use subtitles in other languages ​​generated by the YouTube…

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