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Christian Aid Ireland welcomes consultation process by Irish Government to develop National Action Plan on business and human rights

This submission focuses on key areas of concern to Christian Aid and its partners, including conflict, gender, human rights defenders, and tax justice.

The UN Guiding Principles represent the current globally agreed baseline in the field of business and human rights. They have provided momentum for state-led and civil society initiatives concerned with business and human rights around the world.

However despite this renewed energy, the failure of states to fulfil their duty to protect human rights has led to much frustration from communities suffering most from human rights violations related to business.

In particular those furthest away from the centres of power and decision-making are those most likely to experience violations and those least able to inform the business and human rights agenda as it develops.

This frustration has underlined the call by some for an inter-governmental UN business and human rights treaty-making process.


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For further information, please contact Sorley McCaughey, head of Advocacy and Policy (smccaughey@christian-aid.org) and/ or Karol Balfe Adviser on Governance, Human Rights and Peace Building (kbalfe@christian-aid.org) Christian Aid Ireland.


About Christian Aid Ireland

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter: www.twitter.com/christianaidirl

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie


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