Mary Lawlor – the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders met this month with amfori Senior Manager for Stakeholder Engagement – Guggi Laryea - in Brussels to exchange ideas on advancing business support for Human Rights Defenders.
Ms Lawlor, who took up the mandate of Special Rapport on the situation of human rights defender on 1 May 2020, was in Brussels to engage with the EU and other stakeholders in advance of the EU’s forthcoming proposal on legislation on Human Rights Due Diligence.
She is calling on businesses to include the engagement of Human Rights Defenders in their due diligence efforts, and for businesses to take steps that support and do not jeopardise the security and safety of Defenders. To this end, she shared a letter co-signed by almost 50 businesses calling for the engagement of Defenders and stakeholders to be made a central aspect of the EU’s forthcoming legislation on Due Diligence.
Please contact Guggi Laryea, Senior Manager for Stakeholder Engagement should you wish to support this letter.
amfori in 2019 issued a statement in support of Human Rights Defenders and has worked with amfori member – Axfood, NGOs Swedewatch and Business Human Rights to advocate.