Am­bas­sador L. Purevsuren at­tends UN hu­man rights fo­rum

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Am­bas­sador of Mon­go­lia to Switzer­land L. Purevsuren par­tic­i­pated in the sev­enth United Na­tions Fo­rum on Busi­ness and Hu­man Rights, which con­cluded on Novem­ber 28 in Geneva.

At the fo­rum, Am­bas­sador L. Purevsuren presented a speech to the fo­rum’s at­ten­dees and pointed out that a num­ber of coun­tries have an­nounced that they are erad­i­cat­ing the death penalty, tor­ture and in­hu­man treat­ment, and the num­ber of such coun­tries has no­table in­creased over the past two decades, how­ever, the pro­duc­tion and trade of goods used for tor­ture and pun­ish­ment is still on­go­ing.

The am­bas­sador noted that last year Mon­go­lia ini­ti­ated the Al­liance for Tor­ture-Free Trade jointly with the Euro­pean Union and Ar­gentina in or­der to end the trade of tor­ture tools, pro­vide the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion, ex­change ex­pe­ri­ence, im­prove the le­gal en­vi­ron­ment of mem­ber states and cre­ate a joint data­base.

He also pointed out that over 60 coun­tries joined the al­liance over the past year, which has been of cru­cial im­por­tance to pro­mot­ing the ini­tia­tive through joint ef­forts, and an­nounced that an in­ter­na­tional le­gal doc­u­ment to ban the trade of tor­ture tools will be is­sued soon.

The fo­rum has be­come the world's largest an­nual gath­er­ing on busi­ness and hu­man rights with more than 2,000 par­tic­i­pants from gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, com­mu­nity groups and civil so­ci­ety, law firms, in­vestor or­ga­ni­za­tions, UN bod­ies, na­tional hu­man rights in­sti­tu­tions, trade unions, academia and the me­dia.

Dur­ing the event, the del­e­gates shared their ex­pe­ri­ences and learn about the lat­est ini­tia­tives to pro­mote cor­po­rate re­spect for hu­man rights.

In the fo­rum’s open­ing re­marks, UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Michelle Bachelet pointed out that a num­ber of com­pa­nies and busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions are lead­ing the way in ac­knowl­edg­ing their hu­man rights re­spon­si­bil­ity, and tak­ing steps to iden­tify, pre­vent and ad­dress ad­verse hu­man rights im­pacts.

He stated that busi­ness en­ter­prises are one such or­gan of so­ci­ety, and they play a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant role -- not only in re­spect­ing the hu­man rights of work­ers and of peo­ple af­fected by busi­ness op­er­a­tions, but also in in­flu­enc­ing and lev­er­ag­ing oth­ers to up­hold hu­man rights.

Bachelet said, “Pub­lic com­mit­ments to re­spect hu­man rights need to be ac­com­pa­nied by prac­ti­cal steps, which en­able busi­nesses to know and show that they re­spect hu­man rights through­out their sup­ply chains. That is, they are ex­pected to ex­er­cise hu­man rights due dili­gence, which first and fore­most is about pre­vent­ing neg­a­tive im­pacts on peo­ple.”

He added that states are pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up ef­fec­tive poli­cies and reg­u­la­tion of busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, to pro­tect hu­man rights.

“We will be look­ing at how com­pa­nies have walked the talk and learn­ing from emerg­ing prac­tice. We will be dis­cussing what can be done to speed up the pace and ad­dress gaps, in­clud­ing what le­gal and pol­icy mea­sures gov­ern­ments need to take to in­cen­tivise cor­po­rate re­spect for hu­man rights. We will also see how well gov­ern­ments them­selves are per­form­ing, in their role as eco­nomic ac­tors,” noted the UN high com­mis­sioner.

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