Business and Human Rights Defenders in Side Event on Friday 13 June

May 27, 2014

Under the title “From threats to opportunities: Business and Human Rights Defenders” the International Service for Human Rights [ISHR] organises a side event on Friday 13 June 2014, 12h15 – 13h45 in Room IX of Palais des Nations, Geneva. Note that it will be the first public appearance of the new Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Michael Forst. ( For those unable to attend, a live webcast will be available at You may also follow the event on Twitter @ISHRGlobal, using the hashtag #HRDs.ISHR-logo-colour-high

Human rights defenders working on issues of corporate responsibility and accountability are under increasing threat around the world. The challenge for the Human Rights Council is to provide the right mix of incentives and pressure to ensure that States and businesses protect human rights defenders and their work, recognising that their participation represents an opportunity rather than a threat.This panel, moderated by Phil Lynch, Director ISHR, will highlight the role of human rights defenders in promoting corporate responsibility and in exposing and remedying the adverse human rights impacts of business. The discussion will also spotlight the threats and attacks that human rights defenders face from both State and non-State actors because of this work. The event aims to inform the Human Rights Council’s response to these issues through a resolution on business and human rights due be adopted during the 26th session. For older posts on corporate accountability see:]


  • Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders
  • Maria Belen Paez, President, Fundación Pachamama, Ecuador
  • Simone Sonn, Programme Coordinator, Legal Resources Centre, South Africa
  • Alice Harrison, Communications Adviser, Global Witness

If you would like to attend in person but do not have UN accreditation, please email information[at] before 12 noon on Tuesday 10 June.

via Side Event: Friday 13 June, Business & human rights defenders.

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