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Submission to UN Working Group from Christopher Avery re Bayer’s continued support of the Sean Hannity Show

Author: Christopher Avery, Published on: 16 April 2018

I am concerned that the German-headquartered pharmaceutical company Bayer publicly proclaims its commitment to respecting human rights... but Bayer’s continued funding of the Sean Hannity Show on Fox News through its advertising is undermining internationally-recognized human rights... [T]he concerns are:

  • Repeated attacks by Sean Hannity on the independent press - by helping to enable this through its advertising, Bayer is failing to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 19) and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Repeated calls by Sean Hannity for the firing of the special prosecutor investigating attempts to subvert the fairness of the 2016 U.S. election - by helping to enable this, Bayer is failing to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 21) and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 

I am bringing this to the Working Group's attention because of these specific human rights concerns relating to Bayer’s conduct, and because of the broader issues at play here, set forth in section 2 of my January letter to Bayer, “The broader U.S. and international context of these human rights concerns”.

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