The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) signed a joint declaration on collaboration, which aims to strengthen the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) with particular focus on the areas of business and human rights and sustainable development in the Americas. The collaboration is based on relevant international and regional human rights principles and instruments, including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
The actions envisaged as part of the collaboration include exchange of knowledge and capacity building, advising Member States of the Organization of America States on implementation of business and human rights standards, supporting the integration of these standards into the work of the IACHR, and a range of other activities.
According Jonas Christoffersen, Executive Director of DIHR, “The Danish Institute for Human Rights is proud to enter into this collaboration with the IACHR. The protection and fulfillment of human rights cannot happen without addressing the role of business. While international norms in this area have been clarified, they will only become effective through regional and national implementation. The IACHR is a key actor in this regard and we look forward to working closely with the Commission in the years to come,”
See the agreement here.