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[PDF] Submission to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry: The FCO’S human rights work in 2013

Summary of Recommendations 1.1 On UK Action Plan on Business and Human Rights...CORE recommends that the FAC asks the UK government: Whether there are clear goals and success criteria for each of the proposed commitments set out in the UK’s Action Plan, along with a timetable for completion. Whether it monitors compliance with the Action Plan and identifies deficiencies that need to be addressed. How it responds to the lack of coherence and consistency across government departments in giving effect to the Action Plan. How it can ensure more effective accountability across Whitehall for implementation of the Action Plan. 1.2 On Human Rights in Promoting Britain’s Prosperity CORE recommends that the FAC asks the UK government: How the promotion of business interests and respect for human rights can be reconciled in light of UK’s intervention on behalf of Shell in a case before the US Supreme Court (Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum) where the FCO admitted that the UK’s intervention “would be acting to seek a result that will close a possible remedy for victims of alleged human rights abuse”. Whether the UK considers that an international treaty on business and human rights will help create a level playing field for States and companies, and whether the UK will support the initiative that is being taken within the UN Human Rights Council to set in motion an intergovernmental process that may lead to such a treaty.

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