First impressions on the Draft Optional Protocol to the Human Rights and Business Treaty

Gabriela Kletzel, Andrés López Cabello, and Daniel Cerqueira*

Originally published in ESCR-Net.

Lea la versión en español aquí.

At first glance, the zero drafts of the Legally Binding Instrument (LBI) and Optional Protocol (OP) raise serious doubts as to whether they add value to the effort of making business enterprises accountable for human rights abuses. The draft LBI establishes the “effective access to justice and remedy to victims of human rights violations in the context of business activities” as one of its main purposes. However, the OP addresses enforcement mostly through national implementation mechanisms and an international committee of experts, both of which have weak oversight and monitoring powers.

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