FH UNAIR Collaborates with Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Discuss Business and Human Rights

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The speakers during book release session in National Symposium in FH UNAIR (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – Faculty of Law  Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) collaborated with Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold a national symposium  and  Focused Group Discussion (FGD) with a theme “Encouraging Effective Implementation of United Nation Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights”. The event was to improve the roles and capacity of the state in developing business which respects human rights.

It was held on April 26-27 and attended by Dr. (HC) Triyono Wibowo, SH, Indonesian Ambassador for UN, WTO and other international organizations in Geneva. FH UNAIR alumnus was a keynote speaker in a session of the symposium.

 “This symposium is a collaboration of Indonesian delegation for UN, WTO and other international organization in Geneva, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FH UNAIR,” said the ambassador.

Among the major topics of business and human rights, there were sub-topics such as human rights audit, great scale land acquisition, supplay chain, migrated workers, forced labor, minor labor, also human trafficking, restoration access through judicial and non-judicial mechanisms, human rights protectors’ protection, women rights in business and environmental and community protection.

Besides being divided into sub-topics, it was also divide into three discussion sessions. At the end of the discussion, Imam Prihandono, Ph. D., as the head of International Law Department FH UNAIR stated that on human rights issues, there are no agreed solution mechanisms on human right violation related to corporations. There are many regulations talking about those two things but they are not specific enough. Next, UNGP is expected later to be the instrument and national plan to be implemented in Indonesia. According to him, the results of the symposium will be recommendations for policies regulating business and human rights through national acts and human right audits.

“We will push and oblige human right audit for corporations, so the violations on human rights can be suppressed,” he said. (*)

Author : M. Ahalla Tsauro
Editor : Nuri Hermawan

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