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European Network of National Human Rights Institution Statement on Occasion of the 4th session of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (IGWG)

Author: ENNHRI (Belgium), Published on: 15 October 2018

The European network of [national human rights institutions] (ENNHRI)…believe[s] a business and human rights treaty building on the UNGP’s three pillars should and can be complementary to the UNGPs … 

European States have articulated their political commitment to [the UNGPs] implementation [and have] called for implementation of the UNGPs both within the EU and in third countries... 

Despite these positive developments,…ENNHRI is convinced that there is still a great need for further efforts … through [a] legally binding instruments…and welcomes the emphasis on:

  • Access to justice and remedy for victims…
  • The central role of human rights due diligence…
  • States as duty bearers under international human rights law…
  • Policy coherence…
  • Mutual cooperation…

[ENNHRI also raises concerns as to:]

  • The scope of current activities [that]…includes only activities of a ‘transnational character’ …
  • …All aspects of the text to be made more precise…
  • …References to gender and…vulnerable groups…to be refined…

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