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Wednesday, November 24 • 12:00 - 13:15
Human rights Defenders, Access to Remedy and Solidarity

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This session will draw out some of the experiences from human rights defenders in the Pacific working on issues of business and human rights. There will be a focus on experiences from two specific countries, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, the two largest economies of the Pacific.

The panellists will focus on issues around access to remedy, the challenges of approaching companies directly, and of using litigation and the courts to hold companies accountable. They will reflect on the value of international human rights standards and mechanisms and the importance of solidarity in seeking remedy.

This session aims to:
  • Bring out the challenges facing human rights defenders working on BHR issues in the Pacific
  • Share some examples of how the courts are responding to BHR cases/concerns of communities/human rights defenders
  • Highlight the need to build understanding of international frameworks and laws that provide clarity on the responsibilities of businesses to respect human rights and to provide remedy
  • Explore the role that UN human rights mechanisms could play in promoting and enabling access to remedy
  • Emphasise the need to build solidarity at the national level, across the Pacific and internationally

Session organized by Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF). 

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Patrick Earle

Executive Director, Diplomacy Training Program (DTP)
Since 2003, Patrick has been the Executive Director of DTP (www.dtp.unsw.edu.au) - an NGO affiliated with the Faculty of Law at UNSW, Sydney. Patrick has over two decades experience of working with others to defend and advance human rights.  Working with Amnesty International, Patrick... Read More →

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Anita Ramasastry

Member, Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →
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Emmanuel Peni

Human Rights Defender and Co-ordinator, Project Sepik (PNG)
Author of a book called ‘Sibona’, Manu mostly worked in the Not for Profit Sector. He graduated in the area of Applied Science but mostly worked as a Social Worker and in Management. Manu set up a Community Based Micro Financing Organisation in West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea... Read More →
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Louchrisha Hussain

Chief Executive Officer, Citizens' Constitutional Forum (CCF)

Wednesday November 24, 2021 12:00 - 13:15 GMT+12