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24 Jun 2015

International Service for Human Rights

Written statement submitted by International Service for Human Rights

...Human rights defenders play a critical role in making visible, preventing, mitigating and ensuring accountability and follow-up for corporate human rights abuses. Despite this, around the world, there are increasing reports of human rights defenders who advocate for corporate accountability...being the subject of attacks...As a newly established process supported by many NGOs, the expectations on the IGWG by civil society and human rights defenders around the world are high. This is even more the case since it is often described as a response to business related human rights violations, and as the long-awaited avenue for putting an end to the widespread impunity for such violations. This submission is intended to inform the IGWG in its discussion, and assist States, OHCHR and civil society to enhance the working methods over time. It makes recommendations in relation to the process before, during and after the first session of the IGWG from the perspective of human rights defenders, and sets out basic considerations as to the discussions on content and scope of a future treaty foreseen for the first session of the IGWG...