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evluate the extent to which the business addresses human right
The vast resource of human rights law is often overlooked by business because the laws are written for governments, not companies. But there is much which recommends them for use, helping businesses to conceptualise and frame their responsibilities. [ The laws are ’tried and tested’, having proved their practical, as well as theoretical, worth in the political realm. They have been drafted for an international forum, and accordingly are able to reflect the particular cultural perceptions of rights in individual countries (such as the vastly differing perceptions of women’s rights in many
cultures). With existing human rights laws at once so reliable and flexible, we recommend that businesses use these as the central platform of their individual policies. It is a fundamental principle that a ‘right’ created for one person gives rise to a corresponding ‘duty’ for someone else. In the first instance, the duties imposed by international human rights law fall to governments and it is their responsibility to uphold and protect rights. Governments are required to act in accordance with human rights themselves, and to ensure that other members of society do likewise. For example, international human rights law stipulates that people have a ‘right to free speech’. The government must respect that right when enacting censorship or related policies. It also must set out laws which prohibit others in society from abrogating that right - such as prohibiting powerful individuals or businesses from forming media monopolies. In this manner, non-state entities - including businesses - become duty-holders as well. ]
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