Obligations to Protect and Respect Human Rights are Meaningless Without Access to Remedy: The Example of Myanmar

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The right to effective remedy – the ‘third pillar’ of the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights (UNGPS) – is already a fundamental human right. If realized, the right would alleviate business-related human rights abuses and possibly render unnecessary the Forum in November. The international community must make clear that access to remedy is the priority and that non-binding arrangements and other guidelines are secondary to this legal obligation.

Although the international community has made progress encouraging companies to respect and States to protect human rights, access to remedy must underpin these UNGP ‘pillars’, particularly in developing or transitional states like Myanmar. Progress notwithstanding, legal accountability and access to remedy require international regulation.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputCambridge Business and Human Rights Law Journal Blog
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2017

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