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Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights highlight concern about attacks on human rights defenders

Author: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Published on: 26 November 2018

The Universal Declaration calls on “every individual and every organ of society” to strive to promote respect for human rights. Business enterprises are one such organ of society, and they play a particularly important role -- not only in respecting the human rights of workers and of people affected by business operations, but also in influencing and leveraging others to uphold human rights.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reinforces the role of business in our quest to achieve a world where no one is left behind...

Human rights due diligence has become a norm of expected conduct. Now we must push for much wider implementation and learn from what is working. That is the Focus of this year’s Forum...

The Working Group on Business and Human Rights has done us the service of providing a background analysis, which identifies a number of emerging good practices. However, it but also notes that most businesses around the world are still not carrying out human rights due diligence as expected of them...

I am particularly concerned by the number of attacks on women and men, who speak up and take action to defend their communities against human rights abuses in the context of business operations...

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