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Tuesday, November 26 • 13:15 - 14:45
Film - Discount Workers – a fight for justice in global supply chains

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Session organized by the Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung, the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and the European Centre for Constitutional & Human Rights

Session Description
Between Pakistan and Germany, the 50 mins documentary intimately follows the quest for judicial remedy of Pakistani rights’ holders affected by the Ali Enterprise factory fire that killed 259 workers, revealing the barriers faced and the lasting impacts of the tragedy. Trailer available here: www.vimeo.com/200209286

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s protagonists, the director, as well as the German lawyers and German government representative, addressing the potential of German legislative reform in this area to assist victims seeking remedy in such instances and prevent harm from reoccurring. Reference will be made to the current German civil society campaign for a supply chain due diligence law; similar EU developments for human rights & environmental due diligence; as well as the problematic nature of the private social auditing industry.

Session Objective & Key Questions
The objective of the session is to illustrate and unpack, through the medium of film narrative and expert discussion, some of the typical barriers to accessing judicial remedy faced by those harmed in business human cases, as well as to explore what a sufficient state “duty to protect” response can be. Reference will be made to the current German civil society campaign for a Supply Chain Due Diligence law, as well as similar EU developments.

Moderators
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Isabel Daum

Researcher and Policy Adviser, German Institute for Human Rights

Speakers
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Irene Plank

Head of Division Business and Human Rights, Federal Foreign Office (Germany)
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Christopher Patz

Policy Officer, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)
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Christian Schliemann

Lawyer, European Centre for Constitutional & Human Rights



Tuesday November 26, 2019 13:15 - 14:45 CET
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