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[PDF] Intervention at the CSO meeting prior to the UN Regional Forum on Business & Human Rights

We offer the following five reflections that stem from our collective perspective of nearly decade a of experience in this area of work...Firstly...[w]e are concerned that...exploration of means to enhance access to effective remedies, including judicial remedies, advice and recommendations regarding development of relevant policies and domestic legislation...has to date been ignored, perhaps willfully, by the Working Group...Secondly, we are of the view that the UN Working Group unduly emphasizes the needs identified by corporations in their challenges with adhering to the Guiding Principles, at the expense of the needs and assistance required by groups impacted by corporate human rights violations in the process of overcoming severe obstacles to obtaining effective remedies...Thirdly, the UN Working Group has shown a complete lack of leadership in addressing the root causes of corporate human rights violations...Fourthly, with a view to the forthcoming consideration by the Human Rights Council of a renewal of the mandate of the UN Working Group, we urge the UN Working Group to consider including reference to these important issues in their report to the Council reflecting their recommendations for the future...Fifthly...we ask the Human Rights Council to ensure that the appointment of future special procedure mandate holders be based in part on complete independence of appointees from corporate entities. Finally, our formal participation in future UN fora related to human rights and business will depend on our assessment of what concrete progress is made by the UN Working Group to address these aforementioned points.

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