UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights should be referred to in arms trade treaty preamble to help states address private sector’s role, says Danish Institute for Human Rights advisor

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27 November 2012

Mind the Gap: Private Sector in the Arms Trade Treaty

Author: Paloma Muñoz, Blog Humanum

Of key importance to the ATT (arms trade treaty) negotiations, States are explicitly encouraged to reference the GPs where they participate in multilateral institutions that deal with international trade, in order ensure greater policy coherence on human rights and business...UN Member States should seek to reference the GPs (UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights) in the ATT’s preamble, which will provide a common reference point for States to address the private sector’s central role in the arms trade, and help ensure that companies in their jurisdiction do not contribute to human rights abuses undermining development.

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