Lilongwe: 09/07/2015: On 25 June 2015, the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) and Citizens for Justice (CFJ), held a one day multi stakeholder dialogue on business and human rights at the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe. The dialogue drew the participation of Government representatives, the Judiciary, community representatives, traditional chiefs, business, MHRC, civil society organisations, the UN, bilateral financing institutions and development partners.
The aim of the dialogue was to discuss and raise awareness of the key human rights issues relating to business in Malawi, as well as the legal and other challenges and concerns in Malawi pertaining to this area.
Recognising the positive role business can play with regard to human rights in Malawi, the dialogue focused on how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (2011),can be utilised to address issues and concerns, including in the extractive industries, banking, telecommunications and agribusiness. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are the global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.
The dialogue addressed judicial and non-judicial remedies at community, company and national levels. It also further examined how the interests of marginalised and vulnerable groups, including women and children, can be addressed and allowed for an exchange of best practices.
In moving forward, participants called for the establishment of a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform on business and human rights and for the integration of business and human rights issues in Malawi’s future National Human Rights Action Plan which is currently being developed by the Government.
Taken from the United Nations Malawi website.