At FORUM-ASIA, we employ a range of strategies to effectively achieve our goals and create a lasting impact.

Through a diverse array of approaches, FORUM-ASIA is dedicated to achieving our objectives and leaving a lasting imprint on human rights advocacy.

Who we work with

Our interventions are meticulously crafted and ready to enact tangible change, addressing pressing issues and empowering communities.

Each statements, letters, and publications are meticulously tailored, poised to transform challenges into opportunities, and to empower communities towards sustainable progress.

Multimedia Stories

With a firm commitment to turning ideas into action, FORUM-ASIA strives to create lasting change that leaves a positive legacy for future generations.

Explore our dedicated sub-sites to witness firsthand how FORUM-ASIA turns ideas into action, striving to create a legacy of lasting positive change for future generations.

Subscribe our monthly e-newsletter

[Oral Statement] Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

53rd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council

Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Oral statement delivered by Zia-ur-Rehman

On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

27 June 2023


Mr. President,

We share the Working Group’s view about the centrality of capacity building for the full and meaningful implementation of the Guiding Principles.

However, we note that much of the violations and abuses linked to business and corporate activities are primarily the result of deliberate disregard by States and corporations for their obligations under the Guiding Principles and international human rights standards rather than the mere lack of capacity.

FORUM-ASIA’s research shows that far-reaching human rights and ecological consequences of mining operations in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan, for example, are primarily the result of complete disregard by the authorities and corporations for even the most basic standards for environmental and health safety.

Similarly, in Sri Lanka serious abuses including sexual harassment and violence against women workers in export processing zones by the employers documented by FORUM-ASIA are primarily the result of entrenched impunity for corporate abuses.

Such abuses in all three countries have been committed concurrently with threats, judicial harassment, SLAPP lawsuits and surveillance against human rights and environment rights defenders as well as worker’s rights activists demonstrating unwillingness of the State and corporate entities to genuinely address and remedy the serious negative implications of business practices.

Can the Working Group elaborate on measures States and corporations can implement to address the capacity gap of rights holders, especially those from local communities and marginalised groups, in advocating for their rights in contexts where they face threats and intimidation as a result of their advocacy?

Thank you.