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Monday, November 28 • 4:40pm - 6:00pm
Addressing obstacles for rights holders to effectively access remedy in Latin America

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(Versión en español adjunta)

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Session organized by the UN Working Group on business and human rights in collaboration with the EU funded project on Responsible Business Conduct in  Latin America and the Carribbean

Version en espanol en adjunto  / Versão portuguesa anexa  

Brief description of the session 
Accountability for business-related human rights abuses remains one of the greatest challenges for the Latin American and Caribbean region to advance the business and human rights agenda. As identified by the OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project (ARP), most of barriers in accessing both judicial and non-judicial mechanisms are yet to be addressed . In addition, corporate initiatives to provide for remediation to victims when they have caused or contributed to abuses are still scarce . On a positive note, national and regional courts and tribunals have dealt with business and human rights cases, including referring to UNGPs. In addition national human rights institutions and national contact points of RBC of the region are increasingly handling with cases of human rights impacts involving companies. Nevertheless , right holders, including human rights defenders, indigenous leaders and workers, are yet to be redressed and put at the core of the remedial processes in the region. Fighting Impunity, halting strategies to silence human rights defenders work and ensuring integral reparations should be the focus for all governments and businesses of the region to discharge their obligation and responsibility to protect and respect human rights and instill trust among stakeholders.
The session will discuss some of the main obstacles to access effective remedy in the region in order to help identify emerging practice and innovative opportunities to make justice and reparation a reality for the region . This session is organized in the context of the EU funded Responsible Business Conduct Project for Latin America and the Caribbean that the UN Working Group, OHCHR, ILO and OECD implement in the region.
Key objectives of the session :
The session aims to:
  • Highlight some  obstacles to effectively access remedy, including for human rights defenders,  and  exchange emerging practice to address them, including through State and business actions. 
  • Identify innovative strategies to facilitate victims' access to reparations, including remedy processes led  by businesses.
  • Exchange initiatives to improve the effectivity of the remedial mechanisms 

Key discussion questions:
  • What are the main barriers faced by victims in seeking remedy for harm caused by companies?
  • Even if victims are able to formally access grievance mechanisms, which are the most common limitations?
  • What strategies can be used in LAC to stop the criminalization and persecution of human rights defenders?
  • How can businesses support innovative strategies to provide for the remediation of victims , including instilling trust among affected stakeholders?
Additional background documents :

avatar for Fernanda Hopenhaym

Fernanda Hopenhaym

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Fernanda Hopenhaym is Co-Executive Director at Project on Organizing, Development, Education and Research (PODER), an organization in Latin America dedicated to corporate accountability. For twenty years, Ms. Hopenhaym has worked on economic, social and gender justice. Since 2006... Read More →

avatar for Sonia Astuhuamán Pardavé

Sonia Astuhuamán Pardavé

Coordinadora de la Mujer, Consejo Indígena Andino (CIAP)
Sonia Astuhuamán Pardavé es indígena quechua nación Kuntur Wanka de la región de Junín (Perú) y Yachay andina y guardiana de la madre tierra y el agua. Actualmente es Coordinadora de la Mujer del Consejo Indígena Andino (CIAP
avatar for Andre Ribeiro Porciuncula

Andre Ribeiro Porciuncula

National Defender for Human Rights, the Federal Public Defenders’ Office (DPU) of Brazil
Dr. Andre Ribeiro Porciuncula is the National Defender for Human Rights of the Federal Public Defenders’ Office (DPU) of Brazil since 2021. Previously, he was Regional Defender for Human Rights for the Territories of Bahia and Sergipe. He integrates the following Committees: Altamira... Read More →
avatar for Ana Maria Gafaro Martinez

Ana Maria Gafaro Martinez

Magistrada Auxiliar, Corte de Constitucionalidad de Colombia
Abogada de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana con especialización de la misma universidad y Magister en Desarrollo Organizacional y Gestión Humana de la Universidad Externado de Colombia.Se desempeñó como abogada consultora en derecho laboral y seguridad social en prestigiosas... Read More →
avatar for Tomas Pascual

Tomas Pascual

Human Rights Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Graduate in Legal and Social Sciences (University of Chile) and law degree awarded by the Supreme Court; Master in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); and, Diploma in International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law (American... Read More →
avatar for Brent Bergeron

Brent Bergeron

Senior Vice President, corporate affairs and sustainability, Pan American Silver
Mr. Bergeron joined Pan American Silver in 2019. He leads the development and implementation of the company’s corporate affairs and sustainability strategy and programs, including government and external relations, environmental stewardship, community relations, social responsibility... Read More →
avatar for Denia Castillo

Denia Castillo

Coordinadora del equipo de litigio de la Red de Abogadas, Red de Abogadas Defensoras de Derechos Humanos
Denia Suyapa Castillo Fúnez, Abogada y defensora de derechos humanos, hondureña, Centroamérica.   Con especialidades en derecho penal, procesal penal y movimientos sociales.Miembro integrante del Movimiento Ambientalista social del Sur por la Vida (MASSVIDA), cuyo fin principal... Read More →

Monday November 28, 2022 4:40pm - 6:00pm CET