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16 December 2015

Puvan Selvanathan resigns from UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, includes open letter

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25 August 2014

Access commentary on UN Working Group visit to Azerbaijan

Author: Access

UN investigates business and human rights in Azerbaijan, 22 Aug 2014...

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28 January 2014

[PDF] IOE position on a dedicated UN Fund to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Author: International Organisation of Employers

Severe budgetary constraints are a real obstacle for the wider dissemination and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles, as well as for the more effective work of the UN Working Group for Business and Human Rights...In view of this gap between...

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14 January 2014

IOE - International Organization of Employers : Future Resolution of the UN Human Rights Council on the UN WG for Business & Human Rights

Author: 4-traders

[T]he IOE would like to make the following comments on the future mandate of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights...1. The UN Working Group on business and human rights has been successful...It is key for the UN Working Group to adopt a...

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26 November 2013

[PDF] Comment on the Second Report of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (A/68/279) submitted to the UN General Assembly in August 2013

Author: Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia)

…This document analyzes the report presented by the Working Group to the UN General Assembly in August 2013…[about]…indigenous peoples, human rights, and business… Analysis of the Report [:] A. Right to Consultation and Free, Prior, and Informed...

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25 November 2013

[PDF] Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises: A review of the first two-and-a-half years of work

Author: Conectas Direitos Humanos, Dejusticia and Justiça Global

…The WG…has to work on a complex issue that brings together many different types of violations and victims, and…deals with the role of private actors in human rights abuses…Just like other special mechanisms, the WG should address individual...

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5 November 2013

[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

Author: 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...

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20 September 2013
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Author: Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA), Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH), Perú, Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad (Dejusticia), Colombia y 14 organizaciones más

…Las expectativas sobre el encuentro eran altas, por ser la primera vez que el Grupo de Trabajo adelantaba un evento de este tipo…Lamentablemente, el foro estuvo lejos de ser un espacio plural de confluencia de actores diversos. En los siete paneles...

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13 September 2013

[PDF] [Response to ESCR-net Corporate Accountability Working Group intervention]

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

[T]he Working Group would like to offer some responses and clarifications to the points you raise...Given the breadth of the [Working Group's] mandate, and our limited time and resources to carry it out, the Working Group has put tremendous effort...

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28 August 2013

[DOC] Response of Professor John Ruggie to NGO Declaration re 2013 UN Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Professor John Ruggie, Harvard Kennedy School, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights

...[The] Declaration a group of NGOs issued prior to the Medellin workshop...repeats a claim that is highly misleading. I did not leave the UN to go work for Barrick Gold. When my mandate ended I returned to full-time teaching at Harvard, and...

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