Encourage Southeast Asian Countries to Make National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights

Manila, 29-30 June 2017 – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), Inc. held Regional workshop on business and human rights: Promoting bold leadership and increased cooperation among Southeast Asian CSOs in addressing human rights abuses in business on 29-30 June 2017 in Manila, Philippines.

The Workshop aimed to share knowledge and information on national and regional developments that affect the ability of CSOs and victims about Business and Human Rights. Including seek prevention, protection and remedy from governments and business, consult with peers on key rights issues and possible interventions arising from specific policy proposals and developments, summarize and communicate key regional issues and concerns, both within the group and to other stakeholders including the general public and build solidarity among regional organizations and identify opportunities for collaboration in order to agree on joint strategies to address regional and parallel country concerns.

The Workshop took up six topics as follows: (1) UN Guiding Principles: An Introduction to the Basic Principles (2) From UNGP to a Binding Treaty on Business & Human Rights (3) Engaging ASEAN: Ongoing efforts in the region (4) Country NAPS (National Action Plans): Sharing experiences and planning for ways forward (5) Examples of UNGP-based engagements and strategies in the region: exploring ways to work together (6) A business & human rights CSO caucus: what can we do together?

During the discussion Country NAPS: Sharing experiences and planning for ways forward, Indonesia shared National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights published on 16 June 2017 under the prime steerage of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM). Since Indonesia is the first country in Southeast Asia to launch the NAP on Business and Human Rights, Indonesia encourages the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar to develop their national action plans on business and human rights.

The workshop was attended by representatives from Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy-Indonesia, Myanmar Alliance for Accountability and Transparency (MATA), Jaringan Orang Asal Semalaysia (JOAS), International Commission of Jurists, Manushya Foundation, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, IDEALS, Inc., Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Oxfam Philippines, Altsean-Burma, Hans Seidel Foundation, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao, Asian Indigenous People’s Pact, Oxfam-Thailand, University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights, International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP), Oxfam-Indonesia, Freedom from Debt Coalition and University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights.

Writter : Antalasi Febrisa

Editor : Lintang Setianti