Letter to United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights

5/2020 | Sarah Cechvala, Ben Miller

In 2018, the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights’ (UNWG) launched a consultative project on business in conflict and post-conflict contexts. The project seeks to identify practical measures that businesses and states can take to prevent and address human rights abuses associated with business in those contexts. As part of the project, the UNWG issued an open call for input. CDA’s input to the UWNG included the Letter to the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the Memorandum on Stakeholder Engagement in Contexts of Conflict that are presented here.

The UNWG will present its findings to the UN General Assembly in October, 2020.

This letter contends that human rights abuses are expressions of local-level dynamics of conflict and fragility, and that businesses with operations in those contexts should adopt conflict sensitive business practices as a way of mitigating human rights risks.

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