Asia Centre invites expressions of interests for partnerships to convene the 2018 International Conference on ‘Business and Human Rights: Holding Governments Accountable in Asia’. Applications are now open to academic institutions, national and regional civil society organisations, international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations. Prospective partners, upon agreeing to collaborate on the conference, shall enter into a formal relationship following the Centre’s partnership policy.
With increasing attention to business and human rights, this conference takes a critical look at the standards and practices on business and human rights in Asia. In particular it seeks to examine if this current interest in business and human rights conveniently ignores the civil and political violations by the State and its responsibility to guarantee human rights protection. This dimension is critical in the context of a region that seems giddy with numerous business and human rights initiatives undertaken by governments, who themselves are human rights violators, and human rights organisations and others that find it easy to engage with businesses rather than governments. While many businesses have begun to speak to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011, the larger concern is whether the focus on business and human rights removes the spotlight from the State. Hence the conference seeks to examine these key questions:
The complete conference concept note can be accessed here.
The conference offers potential partners the opportunity to network and forge linkages with academia and civil society in the region and highlight their organisation’s expertise on human rights protection in the region .
Conference partners will enjoy
To qualify as a conference partners, partners have to guarantee the following:
Conference partners can additionally sponsor or fund a keynote or expert speaker who will also be given a feature presentation at the conference.
Conveners: Drs James Gomez & Robin Ramcharan
Host: Asia Centre, 128/183 Phayathai Plaza Building (17th Floor), Phayathai Road, Thung-Phayathai, Rachatewi Bangkok 10400 Thailand.
Contact: Michelle D’cruz, Programme Officer
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