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[PDF] Response to the civil society organizations who have sent submissions in relation to the 2013 Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean

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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