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[DOC] Declaration of Civil Society Organizations that Participated in the First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean [Latin America]

…The expectations regarding the event were high, as it was the first time the Working Group held such an event in the region…Unfortunately, the Forum was far from a plural confluence of diverse actors. In the seven panels…47 people participated, of which only 10% came from communities affected by business activities or human rights NGOs that work with such communities…In addition…those that did participate were forced to endure long lines and rigorous rules in order to raise questions before the group…[The] WG and the co-organizers did not consider the asymmetry of economic resources…there was not a clear and transparent process for the selection of…representatives…[and] there was at least one case in which a victim’s organization, the Union of Those Affected by Petroleum Operations of Texaco…solicited permission to participate…but never received a response.

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