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Japan: Civil society groups urge government to ensure inclusiveness in NAP formulation process

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The Civil Society Platform for Japan’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (BHR-NAP Platform), a network of Japanese and international civil society organizations, has issued a statement stating that consultation with civil society in the formulation of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights has so far not been adequate, and urging the government to ensure that civil society concerns are incorporated in the NAP. 

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25 November 2018

Statement from Civil Society Regarding Japan’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

Author: Civil Society Platform for Japan’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (BHR-NAP Platform)

... The meetings held by the government did not have the level of transparency or inclusiveness required to be called a true multi-stakeholder consultation. In addition, though we recognise some efforts on the part of the government, the setting of topics for the meetings were done by the government in a unilateral matter, and failed to adequately address the broad range of adverse human rights impacts by businesses. ... 

 

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Author: ビジネスと人権 NAP市民社会プラットフォーム

…すべてが「指導原則」及びNAPガイダンスに沿った内容である…要請は、しかし、「意見交換会」で実現されたとは言えませんでした。「multi-stakeholder consultation」と言えるような「参画可能性と透明性」が確保されたプロセスではありませんでした。「人権への負の影響の特定とギャップの特定を十分に行うこと」に耐えうるような「テーマ」設定ではありませんでした。実施してきた政府の一定の尽力を認識しながらも、こうした指摘をせざるを得ません。…「あらゆる人々がビジネスによる人権侵害から保護されなければならない、という目指すべき共通の課題を政府と共に見据えながら、国別行動計画の策定プロセスにおけるステークホルダーとしての責務の自覚」(「初期提言」)をなお持ち続けながら、NAP策定プロセスに対して改めて以下の要請を行い、今後につなげていきたいと考えています。…

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