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CIPS Australasia - Corporate Complicity: Is It That Black and White?

Irene Khan, Secretary-General, Amnesty International explains that “Human rights law is clear that the state has primary responsibility for respecting and promoting human rights".

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Human Rights law is clear that non-state actors such as companies have a responsibility to uphold human rights - as an organ of society, in the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - within their area of control and sphere of influence - whether in the context of their operations or in the communities in which they operate.” But how much of this is a legal and moral obligation is unclear? But what happens when the company itself does not commit an abuse but benefits from an abuse committed by a government or armed group? Or funds those who commit abuses? Or remains silent in the face of abuse? Or complies with national laws and policies which are clearly in violation of international human rights?

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