National Action Plans

UK Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Business & Human Rights

Submission, 11 July 2016

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On 16th June 2016, the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK Parliament announced an inquiry into human rights and business in the UK. The Inquiry is being undertaken in order to consider progress by the Government in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights through the UK National Action Plan published in 2013 and revised in May 2016. The inquiry will look in particular at: 

  • What steps the Government takes to monitor compliance with the UN Guiding Principles
  • How far the Government is able to enforce the UN Guiding Principles
  • Whether, and if so what, progress British business has made in carrying out its responsibility to respect human rights
  • Whether victims of human rights abuse involving business enterprises within UK jurisdiction have access to effective remedy

This IHRB submission offers the Joint Committee feedback on the questions listed in their terms of reference.

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