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KHRF Human Rights Monitor Issue No. 1

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Korean  Human Rights Foundation Newsletter Issue No. 1 in PDF form.

PDF:  HRM newsletter_No1

About the Human Rights Monitor [Staff list]

Articles

In Wan Cho  ·  Hyoyeol Chong  ·  Mirae Kang  ·  Hyun Kyu Kim  ·  Myungsun Kim  ·   Myungjin Lee  .    Ji-su Park

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Myungsun Kim

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Yoonji Park

 

 

Categories: Previous Issues

Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) 2010 Report on t he Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Full Text PDF file of report: ANNI2010_FINAL_NOBLEED

Republic of Korea – Deep Setbacks on Human Rights in the Republic of Korea – pg. 195

10th International Conference of NHRIs on “Business and Human Rights”: Edinburgh Declaration adopted

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment
10 October 2010
Human rights institutions from around the world have called for action on corporate abuse of human rights to be stepped up.
Representatives from around 80 countries attending the 10th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions in Edinburgh made the call in the “Edinburgh Declaration” to mark the end of the conference.
The event is the first official United Nations event to be held in Scotland. 

Rosslyn Noonan, Chair of the International Coordinating Committee, and Chair of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, said:
“We are at a tipping point. Successful businesses are crucial for development, but recognition and protection of human rights has not kept pace with the power and influence of globalised economies.
“Over the past three days we’ve come together as national human rights institutions  to agree in the Declaration that more must be done to support businesses to understand their responsibilities, work we will be taking forwards collectively across the world.
“More than 350 people have attended the conference as delegates, observers, campaigners and business representatives – on their behalf I would like to thank the Scottish Human Rights Commission for driving the business and human rights agenda forward at such a crucial time.”
The Declaration calls for more national and international monitoring of businesses’ compliance with human rights law, that advice should be given to companies, governments, campaigners and individuals about corporate responsibility, and that institutions themselves have an important role to play in supporting companies and victims of potential human rights violations. Read the Edinburgh Declarationin Word format.
Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, said: “The Edinburgh Declaration gives organisations like ours a road map on business and human rights at a time when private companies have increasing influence in so many parts of our lives.
“Commissioners from countries including Venezuela, India, France, Bangladesh and Australia have agreed that we can support businesses understand their responsibilities, while helping individuals claim their rights. The end of the conference is the start of all the national institutions putting renewed emphasis on what they can do in their own countries on this vital issue.”
On Friday Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chair of the Business and Human Rights Initiative, gave keynote speeches to delegates at the Scottish Parliament. The three-day conference closed today, Sunday.

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<This post was taken directly from the Scottish Human Rights Commission’s Website. All Rights are with SHRC>
Scottish Human Rights Commission:
From October 8-10, 2010 in Edinburgh, the 10th International Conference of the National Human Rights Institutions on “Business and Human Rights” took place. There the above stated Edinburgh Declaration was adopted. Also, at this conference many individual papers were presented and one specific to South Korea was “New Challenges and New Chances for NHRIs KOREA”.