From 22 to 25 June 2021, the National Commission for human Rights (NCHR), in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-Rwanda) and the Ministry of Commerce, organized a training workshop for the Working Group composed of Managers and Legal Experts selected by the NCHR from different types of business such as Bank, hotels, mining enterprises, transport, and trade unions etc…for strengthening their capacities in the field of Business and Human Rights.
The capacity-building workshop on business and human rights benefited from the expertise of the colleagues from the Business and Human Rights Section at OHCHR Headquarters and OHCHR Regional East African Office in Addis Ababa.
The main objective was to increase capacities of selected Managers and Legal Experts and representatives from trade unions selected by the NCHR and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) from different types of business for addressing human rights violations by transnational corporations and the local business sector.
The specific objectives were to strengthen the capacity of practitioners in business to promote human rights respect; to improve knowledge and competency of practitioners in business to perform their current and future responsibilities related to the area of business and human rights respect and to improve knowledge of members of transnational corporations and national enterprises in Guiding Principles in business and human rights for a better protection of human rights.
The capacity of practitioners in business to promote human rights was strengthened; knowledge and skills on human rights indicators in the field of business were increased; and the acquired knowledge by practitioners in business in promotion and protection of different Human Rights aspects will be applied.
The topics for discussion included among others International frameworks governing business and human rights: Business and human rights standards: international human rights treaties relevant to business and human rights; business impacts on human rights (some Rwanda case examples were used as well as some external case studies of similar industries in agriculture, tourism, ICT,...). Participans also went through UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights -the 3 pillars framework; State duty to protect; Corporate responsibility to respect and Access to remedy.
The training workshop was done in two phases of two days each with 35 participants each one. Given the current COVID-19 Pandemic preventive measures, most of sessions were conducted virtually. The training workshop was very fruitful.