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International Conference on Business and Human Rights

Event serial No. - CA82146

12th Jul 2018 to 14th Jul 2018
Bangkok, ThungPhayathai, Thailand

Contact person: 6621293773

With increasing attention to business and human rights, this conference takes a critical look at the standards and practices on business and human rights in Asia. In particular it seeks to examine this current interest in business and human rights conveniently ignores the civil and political violations by the State and its responsibility to guarantee human rights protection. This dimension is critical in the context of a region that seems giddy with numerous business and human rights initiatives undertaken by governments, who themselves are human rights violators, and human rights organisations and others that find it easy to engage with businesses rather than governments. While many businesses have begun to speak to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011, the larger concern is whether the focus on business and human rights removes the spotlight from the State. Hence the conference seeks to examine these key questions: What are the human rights duties of business entities, both domestically and when engaged in business activities abroad? Is the voluntary adoption of human rights standards through corporate social responsibility for branding purposes enough? In a world where business organizations rival the power of many states as actors in international relations, should such entities have obligations under international human rights law? Is the increasing attention to business and human rights merely a facade for governments to gain protective cover or is there a genuine desire to regulate business entities from a rights perspective?

Organized by: Asia Centre
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2017-12-31

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