Working Group on Business and Human Rights introductory remarks at HRC26 side event on "the role of human rights defenders in promoting corporate responsibility"

Author: Michael Addo, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Published on: 13 June 2014

...Human rights defenders play a crucial role as: Advocates and defenders of the rights of vulnerable groups and communities; Public watchdogs for public interest issues; and Facilitators in policy making... The Guiding Principles recognize the roles played by human rights defenders and the risks associated with them... In recognition of the crucial role that human rights defenders play, the Working Group has made the subject of human rights defenders an important theme in its work...

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