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Human Rights and Business

Goal: Explore state obligations and direct human rights obligations of businesses (also de lege ferenda), and examine the state of the art in Belgium, with a focus on remedies and children's rights

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This report covers the findings and recommendations of the Belgian National Baseline Assessment (NBA) on Business and Human Rights. The NBA charts the progress made by Belgian authorities and companies since the launch of Belgium’s first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, in June 2017. The research was commissioned by the Belgian Federal Institute for Sustainable Development (FIDO/IFDD), and was executed by a consortium of the research institutes HIVA-KU Leuven, and the Law and Development Research Group (University of Antwerp). IPIS Research supported the team in the topics of conflict zones and arms trade. The report draws on a comprehensive data collection and review process covering the 31 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
  • Main report (English)
  • Executive summary in English
  • Executive Summary in French
  • Executive Summary in Dutch
 
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This toolbox aims to provide an accessible and user-friendly set of tools to guide organisations and their stakeholders in their human rights duties in the context of their activities. Website: https://business-humanrights.be/
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This article presents methodological challenges for legal analysis when dealing with the third pillar of the United Nations ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ (UNGP), particularly principles 26, 27 and 31, regarding the state-based non-judicial and judicial mechanisms that provide ‘effective’ access to an ‘effective’ remedy. The article reflects on the challenges encountered during a research project whose goal it was to map and evaluate the state-based mechanisms available in Belgium for business-related human rights abuses perpetrated in Belgium or by Belgian businesses in third countries. It is argued that the identification and mapping of the existing state-based mechanisms available to victims of business-related human rights abuses should rely on binding legal sources and therefore, on a precise ex ante legal analysis, whereas the assessment and evaluation of their impact, scope or effectiveness require an ex post empirical analysis.
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Explore state obligations and direct human rights obligations of businesses (also de lege ferenda), and examine the state of the art in Belgium, with a focus on remedies and children's rights