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Critiques of Guiding Principles by Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch, FIDH, others - debate with Ruggie

On 22 November 2010, UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie proposed draft "Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework", and launched a consultation on the Guiding Principles to which all stakeholders could submit comments.
- Draft report by Special Representative Ruggie with full text of Guiding Principles & commentaries [PDF]

The consultation received over 100 submissions (all available here), positive and negative, including many from NGOs.  Among them, Amnesty International, CIDSE, ESCR-Net, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) made a joint submission:
"Joint Civil Society Statement on the draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" [PDF], 14 Jan 2011

This submission garnered coverage in the Financial Times: "Rights groups slam UN plan for multinationals", Hugh Williamson, 17 Jan 2011.  Ruggie responded with this letter [PDF], 17 Jan 2011.  Amnesty International and FIDH then issued rejoinders:

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart and Stéphane Brabant of the law firm Herbert Smith made statements supportive of Ruggie in response to the NGO statement:

Human Rights Watch, Ruggie and Amnesty Intl. UK then engaged in this exchange:


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