ALHR’s Amy Sinclair comments in Lawyers Weekly on the Joint Civil Society Statement on Business and Human Rights

August 30, 2016


Lawyers Weekly reports on ALHR’s participation in a coalition of civil society groups calling on the government to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Australia.  The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, require businesses to respect human rights and governments to protect individuals from business-related human rights abuses.

Amy Sinclair (pictured), chair of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights business and human rights subcommitte, is quoted as saying “Australia has been slow to engage with the UN principles”.

Public consultations will be held later in the year to advance the issues.  Amy Sinclair also said “the Joint Statement represents a valuable contribution to the agenda for these consultations, after which ALHR hopes the Australian Government will move swiftly and decisively towards initiating a plan to implement the Guiding Principles”.

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