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Business and Human Rights: UN Working Group prepares for first visit to Mexico

By 18 agosto, 2016 Sin Comentarios a corporation ever made you feel vulnerable? Have your rights been ignored? Does it seem that businesses have no oversight? Then this may be of interest to you.In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council issued Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The principles reiterate that nations must control business activities, that corporations must respect human rights, and that victims must have access to justice. The Council also created the Working Group on Business and Human Rights to put these principles into action. The Working Group will visit Mexico from August 29 to September 7. This visit will be its second to Latin America, after a mission to Brazil in December 2015.

Astrid Puentes Riaño, Co-Executive Director of the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), writes that “the UN Working Group aims for its visit to be an important event for human rights in Mexico.  We hope its conclusions reflect what the country really needs. We hope that both business and government welcome the visit, take the recommendations seriously, and demonstrate the political will to act on them.” Read the article:

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