Brazil: ONG Conectas vê oportunidade perdida no fórum regional do grupo de trabalho sobre empresas e direitos humanos por não “ter diálogo ativo com afetados”

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Autor: Mandate of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

The Working Group appreciates that frustration exists, including for victims of business-related human rights impacts and human rights defenders, with the slow progress of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in certain areas. We are committed to contributing to any dialogue that enables effective prevention, mitigation and remedy of adverse business impacts and of human rights violations...The Working Group wishes to highlight that all its members are independent experts...In the view of the Working Group and many other participants, the multistakeholder nature of the Regional Forum was an outstanding achievement given the region’s history and current challenges...[W]e welcome the Human Rights Council’s decision...calling for the establishment of a Special Fund for the participation of civil society and other relevant stakeholders in...the Forum on Business and Human Rights, and encourages States, intergovernmental, non-governmental organizations and other private or public entities to make voluntary contributions to the special fund.

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Autor: Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA), Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH), Peru, Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad (Dejusticia), Colombia and other 14 organizations

…The expectations regarding the event were high, as it was the first time the Working Group held such an event in the region…Unfortunately, the Forum was far from a plural confluence of diverse actors. In the seven panels…47 people participated, of which only 10% came from communities affected by business activities or human rights NGOs that work with such communities…In addition…those that did participate were forced to endure long lines and rigorous rules in order to raise questions before the group…[The] WG and the co-organizers did not consider the asymmetry of economic resources…there was not a clear and transparent process for the selection of…representatives…[and] there was at least one case in which a victim’s organization, the Union of Those Affected by Petroleum Operations of Texaco…solicited permission to participate…but never received a response.

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16 September 2013

Oportunidade perdida quando avançar é imperioso [Brasil]

Autor: Conectas Direitos Humanos

… Em 2008, o professor John Ruggie…apresentou [à]…ONU o Marco Proteger, Respeitar e Reparar…Em 2011, foram adotados os Princípios Retores que…são … a principal referência normativa sobre o tema na ONU…[com]…importantes limitações…mas…trazem avanços…Com…[sua]…adoção…foi criado um grupo de trabalho encarregado de dar continuidade ao debate no Conselho de Direitos Humanos…da ONU. Entre 28 e 30 de agosto, esse grupo organizou…na Colômbia…o 1º Foro Regional sobre Empresas e Direitos Humanos…o encontro não apresentou avanços para prevenir e remediar violações a direitos humanos por parte das empresas…A expectativa era de que o grupo de trabalho …pudesse [ter]…diálogo ativo com afetados e desenvolvesse alguns pontos que foram insuficientemente tratados nos Princípios Retores. Infelizmente, o grupo tem sido parcial na sua estratégia de diálogo, privilegiando desproporcionalmente o setor empresarial em detrimento das vítimas...

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