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Wednesday, November 27 • 10:45 - 11:00
Snapshot - Business and Truth: respecting human rights in transitional justice contexts

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Snapshot presented by Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP)

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The question is still unsolved of how the UN Guiding Principles should apply in transitional justice contexts. That is, what are the practical implications for businesses regarding their duty to respect and remedy concerning the rights to truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-repetition? Although historical examples are feeding into Colombia’s current transitional justice system that resulted from the Peace Accord signed in 2016, the challenges faced by transitional justice mechanisms to achieve a meaningful participation of businesses are significant.
This snapshot will provide key insights on the participation of businesses in Colombia’s Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition (the “Commission”) based on unprecedented ground research conducted by the Fundación Ideas para la Paz – FIP. The Commission, which has a three-year term since November 2018, has the mandate to address responsibilities of non-combatants and, in turn, recognize the differentiated consequences that armed conflict has had on society, including businesses.

The snapshot presentation will address practical dilemmas associated to business participation in Colombia’s Truth Commission seen from a human rights perspective. In particular, it will cover:
  • Commission’s essentials: what is the challenge? - An integrative truth in the midst of voluntary participation.
  • Business standpoint – questions and expectations: ¿is the victim or perpetrator dichotomy applicable? How to manage the fear towards legal and reputational risks?
  • Truth as a measure of remedy for society: where to find the truth in a protracted armed conflict.
  • Opportunities for moving forward: trust vs time. Current efforts by the Commission to engage with business actors.

Key background information

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Nataly Sarmiento Eljadue

Directora de Empresas y Derechos Humanos, Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP)
Politóloga de la Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), con Magíster (MA) en Ciencia Política de la misma universidad y Magíster (MSc) en Estudios de Seguridad de University College London (Reino Unido). Cuenta con experticia en el sector público y empresarial en materia de sostenibilidad... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 10:45 - 11:00 CET
Room XXV