Business and Human Rights

States are not the world’s only violators of human rights, nor are they the only parties responsible for their respect and protection. In recent years, the enormous expansion of economic relations, with multinational companies pursuing more business opportunities around the globe, has posed new threats to workers, the environment and local communities, introducing a whole new set of challenges to the field of human rights.

This trend has been accompanied by rising energy consumption and huge structural projects, leading to the creation of new domestic and international rules in an attempt to protect the rights of people in this new environment.

While in the past only companies from the North were pursuing business opportunities – mainly in agriculture and mining – in the Global South, nowadays developing countries like Brazil are also expanding their international presence, particularly in countries like Angola, Mozambique, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. In these cases, reports of human rights abuses are not rare, especially those related to forced evictions, disrespect for the rights of indigenous peoples, excessive use of force and other violations of fundamental rights.The role of Conectas in this field emerged from the conviction that civil society has a fundamental role to play in strengthening corporate accountability and liability mechanisms for human rights violations committed by the private sector, in particular by Brazilian companies operating in Brazil and abroad.

On the international level, Conectas monitors the activities of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights of the UN Human Rights Council and the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations of the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights.

In Brazil, Conectas develops a research project on the human rights parameters used by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

Other News

  • August 30th, 2017

    BRICS Week

    Preparatory event for BRICS Summit attended by Conectas

  • August 16th, 2017

    Victory for indigenous peoples

    Supreme Court confirms right to land ownership for indigenous groups in Mato Grosso

  • July 31st, 2017

    Training for future journalists

    Registration open for 4th Journalism and Human Rights Course until August 18

  • June 21st, 2017

    Covert maneuver

    After the veto of two Provisional Executive Orders, organizations condemn new proposal that still threatens environmental conservation areas

  • June 09th, 2017

    Foreign Ministry rejects criticisms of UN and OAS

    Organizations condemn government’s latest attempt to discredit experts who denounce human rights setbacks

  • June 08th, 2017

    Joint condemnation

    UN and IACHR criticize Inquiry Commission, rural violence and draft laws to weaken environmental legislation

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