Burma: Mary Robinson & John Ruggie call on EU Foreign Ministers to make human rights central to trade and investment

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20 April 2012

Mary Robinson and John Ruggie call on EU Foreign Ministers to make human rights central to trade and investment in Myanmar

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

In a letter sent today to all EU Foreign Ministers, Mary Robinson…and John Ruggie…urge the EU to make clear that respect for international human rights standards is integral to future trade with and investment in Myanmar...

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19 April 2012

Open Letter from Mary Robinson and John Ruggie to EU Foreign Ministers and EU High Representative

Author: Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland & UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, for Institute for Human Rights and Business

On behalf of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, we are writing to urge you and your fellow European Foreign Ministers to make clear that respect for international human rights standards is integral to future trade with and investment in Myanmar. For a start, that means adhering to...standards such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...[The] Institute for Human Rights and Business urges the European Union to use its powers...to adopt an explicit requirement for companies investing in Myanmar to adhere to international standards and operate in ways that support, rather than undermine respect for human rights. This would include coherent actions pursuant to trade and investment policies, development assistance, lending, and export credit among others.

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