What Banks Can Do to Fight Human Trafficking

In this April 2015 file photo, Burmese fishermen prepare to board a boat during a rescue operation at the compound of a fishing company in Indonesia, where an AP investigation uncovered slavery.
WSJ – In this April 2015 file photo, Burmese fishermen prepare to board a boat during a rescue operation at the compound of a fishing company in Indonesia, where an AP investigation uncovered slavery. Photo: Associated Press/Dita Alangkara

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New guidance on how to include human rights defenders in National Action Plans on business & human rights

For human rights defenders to be able to safely work on business and human rights issues, both States and businesses must contribute to a safe and enabling environment for such work, whilst desisting from and sanctioning any actions that might restrict or threaten that environment. NAPs provide an important vehicle for the articulation and coordination of the law, policies, and actions required to foster and protect such an environment.

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The Guiding Principles reinforce the State duty to protect by articulating how existing
international law should be applied in the realm of business and human rights. According to Principle 1, “States must protect against human rights abuse within their territory and
/or jurisdiction by third parties, including business enterprises. Given the increasing
prevalence of private corporations involved in violations against human rights defenders, it is thus crucial that States use NAPs to adopt laws and policies that enforce their specific
obligations to protect the rights of defenders
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 The Declaration does not establish special rights for defenders but rather acknowledges that the roledefenders play, and the risks they face, require specific legislative and policy responses byStates to ensure that they can work in an environment where their rights are protected.

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‘Unruly’ ‘rebels’? The situation of defenders working on corporate accountability in East Asia

Governments, business, and ASEAN and UN bodies must act to respect and protect individuals, organisations and communities working to promote corporate accountability in East Asia in the face of mounting attacks and worsening restrictions against human rights defenders and corporate accountability activists in the region. 

ISHR – (Geneva/Bangkok) – Human rights defenders working to promote corporate respect for human rights or accountability for business-related human rights violations face significant challenges across the East Asia region, regardless of the country or sector in which they work. In a joint report released publicly today, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) draw from information from nine different national-level human rights organisations to highlight country-specific concerns and to provide recommendations to improve the situation for defenders. Tiếp tục đọc “‘Unruly’ ‘rebels’? The situation of defenders working on corporate accountability in East Asia”