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Wednesday, March 13 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Private meeting with representatives of South Asian National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

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Background
In its resolution 17/4 endorsing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the UN Human Rights Council welcomed “the important role of national human rights institutions established in accordance with the Paris Principles in relation to business and human rights”, and encouraged national human rights institutions (NHRIs) “to further develop their capacity to fulfil that role effectively...”.

NHRIs can contribute to the effective implementation of all the three pillars of the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework of the UNGPs. In relation to the “Duty to Protect” pillar, they can assist States to identify whether relevant laws are aligned with their human rights obligations and are being effectively enforced. Concerning the “Responsibility to Respect” pillar, in their role as credible and independent actors, NHRIs can provide guidance to business enterprises and other non-state actors’ on how to address effectively human rights risks and challenges. In connection to the “Access to Remedy” pillar, they can contribute to strengthen accountability and access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuse by playing “an essential role in complementing and supplementing judicial mechanisms". The Edinburgh Declaration adopted by the tenth international conference of the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs also outlines the potential of NHRIs in improving access to effective remedy for business-related human rights abuses. In July 2018, the Human Rights Council requested (A/HRC/RES/38/13) the Working Group “to analyse further the role of national human rights institutions in facilitating access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses, and to convene a two-day global consultation on these issues, open to all stakeholders, and to inform the Council by its forty-fourth session as appropriate”.

Objectives
The session aims to achieve the following objectives:
  • To discuss challenges and opportunities for NHRIs in assisting States to discharge their human rights obligations under international human rights law in relation to business;
  • To discuss the tools NHRIs have at their disposal to support the private sector in discharging their responsibility to respect human rights in line with the UNGPs;
  • To know more about the challenges and limitations NHRIs face in dealing with business-related human rights abuses;
  • To gain a better understanding of the existing mandates, roles and functions of NHRIs concerning accountability and access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses;
  • To exchange best practices of South Asian NHRIs in the field of business and human rights as a peer learning exercise; and
  • To discuss steps that could be taken to strengthen the relationship, collaboration and synergies between the work undertaken by NHRIs in the region, the Working Group and UNDP.


Speakers
avatar for Surya Deva

Surya Deva

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He holds BA (Hons), LLB and LLM from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Sydney Law School, and has taught previously at the University of Delhi and at the National Law Institute University... Read More →
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Livio Sarandrea

Business and Human Rights Adviser, UNDP
Livio Sarandrea, is the Chief Adviser and Manager of UNDP’s project: “Business and Human Rights in Asia promoting Responsible Business practices through regional partnerships (B+HR Asia)”. A Human Rights lawyer with 20 years of field experience in Southeast Europe, Africa and... Read More →


Wednesday March 13, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Senate Boardroom First level