Myanmar National Human Rights Commission holds a workshop on Business and Human Rights at Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, the ASEAN CSR Network and UMFCCI jointly hold a Consultative Workshop on “Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles” at Park Royal Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw on 25 August 2016. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, developed by the UN Special Representative John Ruggies, were released in 2011 as a normative standard for addressing human rights issues that result from business activity.

In 2015, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights released Implementing Guidelines for the development of National Actions Plans (NAP) for the UNGPs. This consultative workshop aims for implementing the UN Guiding Principles. At this consultative workshop, the total of 37 representative including 24 representatives from different ministries, 9 representatives from Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, one representative each from the Supreme Court of the Union, the Union Attorney General’s Office and two representatives from MWAF participated.

The resource persons from abroad includes Mr. Thomas Thomas, (CEO) ASEAN CSR Network,  Mr. Ray Paolo Santiago (Secretary General, Working Group for and ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism), Mr. Livio Sarandrea (UNDP), Mr. Mohamad Azizi Azmi (Head of Policy Division, SUHAKAM).

In the morning session, Mr. Ray Paolo Santiago expounded the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Concepts. Relating to   National Action Plans (NAP), Mr. Livio Sarandrea (UNDP) explained about Developing National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights in Europe with his experience at Mozanbique and Mr. Mohamad Azizi Azmi shared his experience on “Malaysian Experience on National Action Plans”.

In the afternoon session, group works were done in the form of workshops on mapping of stakeholders exercise and next step for NAP.