Investor Protections and Human Rights Defenders

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Unit Affiliation: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)

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DESCRIPTION: CCSI has begun to analyze how international investment agreements and investor-state dispute settlement can impact the rights of human rights defenders. In particular, CCSI is considering the possibility that the international investment law regime may in a causal way exacerbate the repression and criminalization of human rights defenders in the context of investment projects.

OUTCOMES: Work on investor protections and human rights defenders has included:
In March 2018 CCSI submitted input to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights regarding “guidance on human rights defenders and the role of business.”
In March 2018 CCSI also submitted input to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, on “criminalization and attacks against indigenous peoples defending their rights: proposals for actions to prevent and protect.”