Regional Network Meeting on Business, Human Rights and the Environment
The 4th Regional Network Meeting on Human Rights Education was held virtually from November until December 2020, with a particular focus on access to remedies in the context of business, human rights and the environment.
The 4th Regional Network Meeting on Human Rights Education. Photo: UIO and SHAPE-SEA Program
Supported by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), the event is organized by the Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA) in Bangkok. The meeting aims to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions and faculty members to efficiently provide human rights education and research as well as outreach activities. It also aims to develop a sustainable network between human rights academics from Northeast and Southeast Asia.
Learning and sharing
43 academics and practitioners from Northeast and Southeast Asia attended the meeting. Participants were from different universities in China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
The event started with participants sharing information on developments in human rights and peace education in their institutions. This was followed by a series of discussions by academics and practitioners on principles underpinning the right to remedy, the mechanisms for accessing remedy and challenges in enforcing the rights. The different substantive sessions of the regional network meeting covered five topics including John Ruggie’s Principle, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Human Rights and Environment, Access to Remedies in the Context of Business / Environment and Human Rights, and Teaching Business / Environment and Human Rights.
Professor Bard Anders Andreassen from the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights was invited as an expert for the first session on the John Ruggie’s Principle, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.