EU: ICJ welcomes adoption of recommendation on human rights and business

The ICJ, Amnesty, ECCJ and FIDH welcome the adoption of the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on human rights and business (the Recommendation) on 3 March 2016.

This is the Council of Europe’s first inter-governmental instrument on business and human rights.

Adopted by the organization’s highest decision-making body, the agreement by all 47 Council of Europe member States is a significant achievement.

If adequately implemented, the Recommendation can contribute to an enhanced system of legal accountability of business enterprises involved in human rights abuses and access to effective remedy for those whose rights have been affected.

EU-coe_recommendation-Advocacy-2016-ENG (full text in PDF)