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New BHRRC online portal brings into “sharper focus” business & human rights challenges in the Pacific
Author: The Maritime Executive, Published on: 29 November 2019
“Web portal for Pacific human rights abuses launched”, 27 November 2019
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has launched a new web portal covering the Pacific region. The new platform was announced at the Geneva-based UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in the session “Advancing the BHR Agenda in the Pacific,” with the aim of bringing the broad range of Pacific business and human rights challenges into sharper focus. It hopes to amplify local and community voices from the region.
The Pacific is...intensely resource-rich [and]…human rights abuses by companies have historically flown under-the-radar. Greater focus on the Pacific is required to bring to light the true scale of business-related human rights abuses…in the region. [The] new portal curates the latest news on Pacific business and human rights and includes case studies, research findings and tools for recording abuses. The portal also hosts an evolving series of interviews with activists working on business and human rights issues at the grassroots level.
Partnered with Human Rights at Sea since 2017, BHRRC has [also] been steadily collating a wide-range of maritime-related cases of abuse relating to business activities in the maritime environment ensuring that an international public record is maintained, and transparency of business activities upheld.