“Business activities can contribute to abuse of human rights in as much as they can contribute to their realization if properly regulated and monitored. This is why it is important to put in place regulatory frameworks for business operations and review existing ones from a human rights perspective. At the international level, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights provide a comprehensive framework to “enhance standards and practices with regard to business and human rights so as to achieve tangible results for affected individuals and communities”. In Africa too some countries have adopted national action plans or policies on business and human rights. Whether through such a consolidated national policy or by guaranteeing that global standards are implemented domestically, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that businesses in Africa operate in a socially sustainable manner.” 

Dr Abdi Jibril
Commissioner – Civil, Political & Socio-Economic Rights
Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

At the 4th Forum of National Human Rights Institutions in Banjul, the Gambia, on 12 and 13 April 2022: “Integrating the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework to Business and Human Rights in Africa, as a Lever towards the Acceleration of Human, Social, and Economic Capital Development