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HRC50 | Key issues on agenda of June 2022 session

The 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 13 June to 8 July 2022, will consider issues including sexual orientation and gender identity, violence and discrimination against women and girls, poverty, peaceful assembly and association, and freedom of expression, among others. It will also present an opportunity to address grave human rights situations including in Afghanistan, Belarus, China, Eritrea, Israel and OPT, Russia, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela, among many others. Here’s an overview of some of the key issues on the agenda.

The EU proposes new regulation to tackle human rights abuses in global supply chains.

A historical first step or the beginning of a tick-the-box exercise? The EU Commission proposes a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence which would establish new human rights requirements for companies. The proposal is a milestone for the protection of people and the environment, but fails to recognise and include the voice of human rights defenders.

Business & Human Rights: Alarming state of play for socially responsible business conduct

Only 1% of the world’s 1,000 most influential companies are adequately demonstrating socially responsible business conduct, reveals a recent report by the World Benchmarking Alliance. ISHR calls companies and investors to transition from drafting isolated policies to meaningful integration and implementation of human rights due diligence within their business models and management systems.

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