SIDE SESSION
25 MARCH
09:30-11:00
BST (GMT+6)

Collapse of the Business-State Conflict of Interest Mechanisms: The Real Challenge to the Business and Human Rights Paradigm

Organized by: Partners In Change India

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Background

 

A few decades ago, business persons standing in elections is not considered as an ideal scenario, for the Government has always been visualised as a representative of people, especially those who are poor. As of now, several persons running huge businesses are among law makers; they get into Government Committees on Policy Making; are members of committees and boards attached to statutory regulators and Government affiliated policy think tanks. If they are not members, businesses fund Government bodies, including regulators and also the political parties that run Governments. There is no doubt that a number of cases of adverse human rights violations are as a result of some kinds of complicity with the governments of the day; and there is shrinkage of institutions that could remain objective and address grievances or provide favourable policies.
Pillar 1 and Pillar 3 of UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are built on the foundation of the Governments to be objective and neutral in the Business-People conflicts centred on health, education, human rights and environment. Many country NAPs detail out the plans of action to engage with this nexus and complicity between state and business. However, the progress is slow and inconsistent. And many examples continue to surface, of business-related human rights concerns where the business-government engagement is preventing the States from taking coherent action.

 

Session Description

The Session brings insight into the various instances of conflict of interest, which has impacted the realization of business and human rights. Focusing on issues of obligations as part of international conventions, monitoring of policies and legislation and international trade, the session will discuss on the dichotomy between practices and policy commitment and how that impacts the human rights of individuals.

 

Session Objectives

 

The key objectives of this Session are to:

  • Identifying the key issues, of conflict of interest and their impact on realisation of human rights.

  • Identifying the drivers that would enable strengthening of state institutions for ensure protection of human rights.

Speakers