Business & human rights in Southeast Asia

On 16 April 2015, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launched its briefing "Development for all, or a privileged few?  Business & human rights in Southeast Asia."

The briefing came just before the World Economic Forum on East Asia, 19-21 April in Jakarta, with the theme "Anchoring Trust in Asia's New Regionalism", and the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People's Forum in Kuala Lumpur, 21-25 April.

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16 April 2015

Commentary: Development for all: Protecting workers as economic integration sweeps Southeast Asia

Author: Irene Pietropaoli, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, for Asian Correspondent

At Business & Human Rights Resource Centre we reviewed 280 allegations of human rights abuses by companies operating in Southeast Asia. Seventy percent of the cases also involved repression by government authorities, for example violent crackdowns on workers striking for better conditions, or forced displacement of farmers from their land. This demonstrates a worrying trend, whereby company activities often coincide with heavy-handed actions by governments – companies run a high risk of complicity in abuses if they do not put the right safeguards in place...

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19 April 2015

ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum 2015 Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur 21-24 April 2015

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19 April 2015

World Economic Forum on East Asia 2015 Jakarta, Indonesia 19 - 21 April 2015

Author: World Economic Forum

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20 April 2015

5 findings: Business & human rights in Southeast Asia

Author: Irene Pietropaoli and Annabel Short, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Governments in the region are promoting “inclusive, sustainable development for all” as they work towards the goal of becoming a single economic community by the end of 2015. 

But as the briefing finds, rapid investment is currently accompanied by widespread abuses of human rights, including harsh working conditions in the garment and agricultural sectors, and forced evictions to make way for special economic zones.

To attract investment, many governments are rolling back protections for workers and the environment and restricting the ability of civil society to operate...

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21 April 2015

Briefing: "Development for all, or a privileged few? Business & human rights in Southeast Asia"

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

16 April, 2015

The ten ASEAN member states have set a target to integrate their economies by the end of 2015 into an “ASEAN Economic Community”, turning the region of 630 million people into a highly competitive single market. This could provide significant opportunities for decent work and improved livelihoods. As this briefing demonstrates, however, currently workers and local communities are losing out, as rapid integration coincides with intimidation of human rights defenders, forced evictions, and workers’ rights abuses...

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30 April 2015

Financial institutions in Southeast Asia - investments in the spotlight

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

"In focus" section from our briefing "Development for all, or a privileged few - Business & human rights in Southeast Asia".

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