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Accountability for Human Rights: Applying Business and Human Rights Instruments to Non-Governmental Organizations

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Citation

Carolei D & Bernaz N (2021) Accountability for Human Rights: Applying Business and Human Rights Instruments to Non-Governmental Organizations. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 13 (3), pp. 507-528. https://doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/huab042

Abstract
Often seen as selfless champions of human rights, non-governmental organizations are vulnerable to attacks from unscrupulous states, which makes NGO regulation and accountability for human rights a sensitive issue. Yet, like all organizations, NGOs can have negative human rights impacts. States and international organizations have developed business and human rights (BHR) instruments that apply to corporations but there is no equivalent for NGOs. This article assesses the extent to which BHR standards may be relevant to enhance NGO accountability for human rights. It argues that these instruments, although not designed with NGOs in mind, are relevant to their operations and provide an attractive and moderate avenue to enhance NGO accountability. Ultimately, it shows that applying BHR instruments to NGOs could strengthen these instruments.

Keywords
business and human rights; NGO accountability; OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises; UN Global Compact; UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Journal
Journal of Human Rights Practice: Volume 13, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Publication date30/11/2021
Publication date online31/03/2022
Date accepted by journal12/01/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34146
ISSN1757-9619
eISSN1757-9627

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Dr Domenico Carolei
Dr Domenico Carolei

Lecturer in Public Int. Law & Public Law, Law