NGOs submit recommendations for 2013 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
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23rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 5: Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms. Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel on Behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
FORUM-ASIA and the ESCR-Net Corporate Accountability Working Group (CAWG)... take this opportunity to inform [the Human Rights] Council on our recommendations on the mandate, focus and scope of the [UN] Forum [on Business & Human Rights] as well as on issues concerning participation...[W]e recommend that this year’s Forum identifies concrete proposals and suggestions to advance States’ duty to protect...Furthermore, we urge that greater attention be focused on States’ role in the protection of human rights defenders...Lastly, we strongly recommended the Working Group take leadership to ensure there are sufficient opportunities on the agenda of the Forum to examine available means for providing international systems of effective judicial and non-judicial remedy as well as binding international regulation of extreme forms of corporate human rights abuse...FORUM-ASIA and the CAWG call upon States to more actively participate in the event. We also request that the Working Group continue to ensure that the participation of affected people is prioritized...
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Author: Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Centre for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA), Citizens for Justice, CIVIDEP India, Conectas Direitos Humanos, DeJusticia, Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Intl. Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net): Corporate Accountability Working Group, Mining Watch Canada, Rights and Accountability in Development, SOMO, Terra de Direitos
We welcome the commitment of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (the ‘Working Group’) to listen to the views and suggestions it receives during their preparations for the second annual Forum on Business and Human Rights...Below we provide specific input on these areas, as well as overarching and other additional considerations.