Human Rights Defenders in National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights: Launch of Guide with public debate on 15 June

June 7, 2016

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) are planning a public discussion about how and why human rights defenders should be consulted in the development of National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights (NAPs) and protected by their provisions. This event will also launch ISHR and ICAR’s new guidance on this subject, situating NAPs in the broader contexts of extreme risks facing human rights defenders taking on business abuses. Wednesday 15 June 2016, 12h30 – 14h00, Palais des Nations, Geneva. (Room to be confirmed)

Civil society, State and UN representatives will discuss how defenders can help ensure business respect for human rights, the risks they face in doing so, and how NAPs can provide a policy platform through which to protect and engage communities, activists and NGOs.ISHR-logo-colour-high

The new guidance is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

Moderator

  • Harriet Berg, Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations at Geneva
Panelists
  • Michael Addo, Expert Member of UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (TBC)
  • Ivette González, Strategic Engagement Associate, Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER), Mexico
  • Hiram Kabarita, Regional Protection Officer (East and Horn Africa), Protection International, Kenya
  • Cindy Woods, Legal and Policy Fellow, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)
  • Ben Leather, Advocacy, Training and Communications Manager, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

You can follow the event on Twitter: #ConsultRespectProtect

Further information at: http://www.ishr.ch/consult-respect-protect-including-human-rights-defenders-national-action-plans-business-and-human

Source: Consult, Respect, Protect: Including Human Rights Defenders in National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights | Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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