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Paper on steps the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights can take to engage with the UN Guiding Principles in the extractive sector

Author: Cindy S. Woods, J.D. Georgetown University Law Center, Published on: 8 March 2016

“Business and Human Rights: the inter-American Commission on human rights & the extractive sector”

Following the adoption of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Guiding Principles) in 2011, states have increasingly engaged with the need to protect against and remedy corporate human rights abuses. This can be seen in the proliferation of National Action Plans (NAPs) on business and human rights (BHR). Many countries through the Americas have begun drafting BHR NAPs, and engaging in other activities to promote corporate accountability and social responsibility. As the normalization of BHR standards continues in the region, it is important for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to take a lead role in setting regional standards for the state responsibility to protect against and remedy corporate human rights abuse. This paper illustrates, through a discussion of the IACHR’s mandate and functions, along with an analysis of the Commission’s work in the extractive sector that the IACHR is both capable of and obliged to engage with the Guiding Principles.[It refers to Royal Dutch Shell, Chiquita]

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Related companies: Chiquita Shell