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Leigh Day contributes to UN intergovernmental working group on business and human rights

Lawyers from Leigh Day contribute to United Nation working group

18 October 2016

Leigh Day has made a written contribution to the second session of the UN open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. The second session is due to take place from 24-28 October 2016. Leigh Day partner, Richard Meeran, is participating in the second session as an expert speaker.
The mandate of the working group is to elaborate an internationally legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. The Human Rights Council decided that the first two sessions of the working group “shall be dedicated to conducting constructive deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of the future international instrument”.
In its written contribution to the working group, Leigh Day refers to the detailed written submissions that the firm recently made to the UK Parliamentary Inquiry on Business and Human Rights. The Parliamentary Inquiry submissions contain detailed recommendations as to how to increase access to effective remedy for victims of corporate human rights abuse. Whilst some of the recommendations made to the Parliamentary Inquiry are specific to the UK, many of the issues considered in the submissions are relevant to the issues that fall for consideration by the UN working group.
Leigh Day has more than 20 years’ experience of bringing international cases involving human rights violations associated with the business activities of corporations. Examples of cases handled by the firm include those of Nigerian fishing communities whose livelihoods were threatened by oil pollution; South African mine-workers suffering from silicosis; local villagers injured by police or private security protecting mining interests in Peru and Tanzania; and Lithuanian victims of modern slavery.

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