Past abuses and remaining challenges: new paths in Business and human rights

Side-event to the 32nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

24 June 2016, from 13:30 to 15:00 hrs
Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Accountability and remedy for business-related human rights abuse have been key advocacy objectives for many human rights organizations over the years.

Accountability and remedy have been identified as being some of the most salient normative and governance gaps in business and human rights. States and international organizations are now taking some action in response to those gaps and are considering initiatives and ways to tackle accountability and remedy deficits.

The Human Rights Council is currently engaged in a treaty-making process through an Intergovernmental Working Group, and it is considering a report by OHCHR on Accountability and Remedy during its 32nd session. Just one week prior, the International Labour Conference carried out crucial deliberations about ways to address those governance gaps and promote decent work in the global supply chain and to deter abuse.

This panel will look at these issues from the perspective of civil society and practitioners’ work, drawing from concrete experiences, recent achievements in the field and ongoing concerns.


  • Surya Deva, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights


  • Gabriela Kletzel – CELS
  • Richard Meeran – Leigh Day
  • Anna Biondi – ILO
  • Gaëlle Dusepulchre- FIDH
  • Moderator : Carlos López – ICJ

From the groundbreaking work to investigate and prosecute serious abuse against workers during the Argentinian military regime to the forward looking work of litigators of cases concerning parent and subsidiary companies’ responsibilities, exploring the new paths being broken in the recent International Labour Conference’s decisions on decent work on supply chains and the UN IGWG on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, this panel will discuss ways in which these initiatives may address the crucial issues of accountability and remedy looking at past and present achievements and plans for the future.

The event flyer may be downloaded (PDF) here: Past abuses and remaining challenges_flyer_side event_HRC32

The event is organized by ICJ, Franciscans International, FIDH and CELS.