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Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business

Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business

For many years, the LBI of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) has worked successfully in the area of Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business, both conceptually and in practice. In both fields human rights need to be “translated” to be understood and operationalised. This approach is often called the “added value” of human rights, or, if taken in more depth, a “Human Rights-based Approach”. As these areas are very distinct and specific, a human rights-based approach must be contextualised to meet the objectives and interests of the various actors in these areas.

Both fields have experienced dynamic developments in recent years. For example, companies have been identified as potential new “duty-bearers” of human rights, meaning that they have the responsibility to respect and fulfil human rights in their sphere of influence, complementary to states which are the primary duty-bearers. In development cooperation, a growing number of actors follow a human rights-based approach to development as an effective and universally legitimised means to reach the overall aim of poverty reduction.

BIM offers advice and support on the practical application of a human rights-based approach to development cooperation and business.

Our activities at one glance:

  • Consultancies
  • Research and publications
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Implementation of projects
  • Monitoring
  • Audits

More details on these activities can be found in the specific thematic areas.

Round table "European Social Charter – 60th anniversary and 25 years of Russian membership of the Council of Europe"

On September 29th Karin Lukas, President of the European Committee of Social Rights (Council of Europe) and senior researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, will be speaking at the round table on the “European Social Charter – 60th anniversary and 25 years of Russian membership of the Council of Europe” in Moscow.

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Moscow, Russian Federation

From CoE Independent Oversight to national implementation - cooperation with & support for NHRIs

Karin Lukas has been invited by the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions and the German Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers as keynote speaker at the online High-Level Meeting on the Council of Europe Recommendation on the development and strengthening of effective, pluralist and independent NHRIs, taking place on 26 April 2021 ( 10-13.15h CET).

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Virtual Event

Online Event: Taking Stock of the European Social Charter at 60 / 28 April 2021 / 10–13:30

Online Event: Taking Stock of the European Social Charter at 60 – 28 April 2021, 10–13:30

Join the online event marking the 60th anniversary of the 1961 European Social Charter! Expert speakers will focus on ‘taking stock’ of the Charter and our colleague Karin Lukas, President of the ECSR and Head of Program Line Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business at LBI-GMR, will speak on “The European Social Charter and Equality”.

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online

European Committee of Social Rights: Statement of interpretation on the right to protection of health in times of pandemic

In times of pandemic, during which the life and health of many people are under serious threat, guaranteeing the right to protection of health is of crucial importance, and governments should take all necessary steps to ensure that it is effectively guaranteed. Read the full statement of the European Committee of Social Rights here.