African Commission | Strengthen Working Group consultations by ensuring the participation of business representatives

26.11.2015

The Working Group on Extractive Industries, the Environment and Human Rights should continue to hold sub-regional consultations that include stakeholders such as human rights defenders in the extractive sector, ISHR has said in a statement delivered to the 57th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

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(Banjul, The Gambia) - The Working Group on Extractive Industries, the Environment and Human Rights should continue to hold sub-regional consultations that include stakeholders such as human rights defenders in the extractive sector, ISHR has said in a statement delivered to the 57th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). The consultations held to date have been useful as they gather information relevant to the implementation of the Working Group’s mandate.

Interacting with Commissioner Dersso, the Chairperson of the Working Group, ISHR’s Rumbidzai Masango said that ‘given the prospect of further consultations in the West African and North African region, we hope that consultations can be strengthened by ensuring the participation of business representatives.’

‘Human rights defenders can play a critical role by helping States and business to overcome these challenges, by preventing and mitigating violations and seeking accountability for human rights abuses related to natural resource exploitation. They help bridge the gap between local communities, powerful companies and national governments,’ Ms. Masango said.

ISHR recommended that the ACHPR urge States to ensure that all threats and attacks against human rights defenders working in the field of business and human rights are fully and promptly investigated, perpetrators held accountable, and victims provided with access to effective remedy. 

Download the full ISHR ACHPR Item 11 statement here.

Contact: Clement Voule, Head of African Advocacy, ISHR, on c.voule@ishr.ch

Category:

Region
  • Africa
Topic
  • Corporate accountability
Mechanism
  • African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights