National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights is formulated in Bangladesh

Monday, 10th September 2018

The discourse on business and human rights is relatively new for the International Land Coalition (ILC), nevertheless, it has been realized that the business community (corporations in particular) must indeed be involved in discussing the impact of their business operations on rural people in general, because ILC generally puts forward what is commonly known as dialogue involving many parties in order to resolve land issues (multi-stakeholder platforms).

This initiative then reflected under a commitment which run together among ILC Asia members from Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Nepal, and Cambodia. The goal of this commitment is to reduce land rights violation reduced and the rights to the land is recognized as human rights. One of the strategy to purse the goal is by creating a National Action Plan to popularize UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh had started the initiative by holding a workshop on August 13, 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in order to start collecting the puzzles in order to compile information for composing the National Action Plan. While in detail, the workshop’s objective are to orient an overview of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, to analyse the current status and process of adoption and implementation of the UNGPs, and to seek for the ways out in order to mainstream recommendations for the UNGPs in Bangladesh.

Organised jointly by the Bangladesh ILC Asia members ALRD, ARBAN, Community Development Association (CDA), Nagorik Uddyag (NU) and Kapaeeng Foundation (KF), the workshop is also enriched by the participation from Lubna Yasin, Human rights program of UNDP who expressed her confidence that UNDP and the NES members in Bangladesh may build mutual cooperation among each others.

While at the same opportunity,  Ms. Hasina Akter from Nijera Kori delivered that we are all looking for a society where Human rights are ensured, enjoyed or respected each others without having discriminations irrespective of caste, gender, religion, sex and ethnicity. Business companies have a great role and responsibility to ensure respect according to the Business and Human Rights principles if some policies are adopted by the state.

Mr Md. Mahamudul Haque, Managing Director of Knowledge Industry Ltd, also presented this workshop and deliver about “Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights”. He acknowledges that respecting human rights enables the business entities to improve the company’s operational, products and services. He, therefore, provides recommendations to the business actors to comply with all existing laws and respect to international human rights treaty and refer to it at all disputes and conflicts, and also to treat any human rights violations as a legal compliance issue wherever the business is operated.

The workshop formulated a National Action Plan for UNGP on Business and Human Rights, with major activities on awareness building, discussion workshop, network/alliance/coalition building, training and capacity development, research and study, campaign and communication, monitoring, annual report preparation.

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