Obstacles to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia
Source TitleMelbourne Asia Review
PublisherAsia Institute, University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Author/sMacDonald, Kate
AffiliationSchool of Social and Political Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMacdonald, K. (2020). Obstacles to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia. Melbourne Asia Review, 3, pp.1-7. https://doi.org/10.37839/mar2652-550x3.8.
Access StatusOpen Access
In June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) unanimously passed the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), amidst an atmosphere of cautious optimism. These principles provided a new set of global standards for preventing and addressing adverse human rights impacts associated with business activity, and have been described as ‘the single most important innovation in the human rights and business field in the last 25 years’. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand—members of the UNHRC at the time the UNGPs were adopted—all voted in support of the framework, and several governments in the region subsequently indicated a potential willingness to develop National Action Plans to guide implementation. Nonetheless, almost ten years since the endorsement of the UNGPs, their implementation within Southeast Asia has remained slow and uneven.
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