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OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project

In 2014, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched an initiative to achieve more effective implementation of the Access to Remedy pillar of the UN Guiding Principles, with a focus on judicial mechanisms. The initiative, called the “Accountability and Remedy Project” (ARP I, for short), aimed to “make domestic legal responses fairer and more effective for victims of business-related human rights abuses, particularly in the most severe cases."

In 2016, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution by consensus which welcomed OHCHR’s work on improving accountability and access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuse, noting “with appreciation” the report and requesting OHCHR to continue its work in this field and to identify challenges and possibilities to improve the effectiveness of State-based non-judicial mechanisms.  For this purpose the OHCHR has produced an initial draft scoping paper marking the beginning of OHCHR’s work in response of this new mandate. This initiative is called the “Accountability and Remedy Project II” (ARP II, for short).

For questions or comments relating to the Accountability and Remedy Project, please contact Ms. Lene Wendland at business-access2remedy [at] ohchr.org.