UN Forum on Business and Human Rights violations: Access to Judicial Remedy

On the occasion of the First UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, FIDH and Conectas are facilitating a session Access to Judicial Remedy

Although, access to remedy is recognized an essential aspect of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, access to judicial remedies is not adequately addressed. Is there something to be done about that?

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While the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the UN represent a significant moment in the construction of a framework to address human rights violation involving companies, they fall short in addressing the factors that impede adequate access to justice for victims.

Conectas and FIDH are organizing next week (on 4th December 4 pm) a session on Access to Judicial Remedy during the First United Nations Forum on Business and Human.

The objective of the panel is to outline the main obstacles faced by victims of corporate-related human rights abuses in accessing judicial remedies. Two victims of human rights violations involving multinational companies are going to present their cases. The panel also seeks to make concrete proposals to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

PROGRAM

Opening:

Juana Kweitel, Program Director Human Rights, Conectas Direitos Humanos

Obstacles for victims of corporate related abuses:

Dickay Kunda: affected stakeholder, the Kilwa mining case, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Rosa Amaro: affected stakeholder La Oroya case, Peru

Antonio Sergio Escrivao: legal adviser, Terra de Direitos, Brazil.

Katherine Gallagher: Senior Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, United States

Concluding remarks:

Laurel Bellows: President, American Bar Association

Gabriela Quijano: legal adviser, Amnesty International, United Kingdom.

Moderation:

Elin Wrzoncki, FIDH

Date, place and time:

December 4th , 16h00-18h00, Room XX, Palais de Nations, Geneva

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