The Relationship between Business and Human Rights

A Joint Paper between “Syrians for Truth and Justice-STJ” and the “Syrian Legal Development Programme-SLDP”

Through this joint paper, the Syrians for truth and justice/STJ along with the Syrian Legal Development Programme/SLDP are trying to shed light on the relationship between business and human rights specifically in the Syrian context. This is especially important given that there have been a lot of talks recently surrounding the issue of “reconstruction in Syria” despite the absence of any definitive settlement of the Syrian crisis and despite the failure to adopt any real “transitional justice” mechanisms that could avert the country from the scourge of war. Over the past few years, Syrian/international organizations and UN committees have issued hundreds of legal reports on a variety of violations taking place on the Syrian territory without any real progress at initiating accountability or even manifesting the truth at the national, or regional or even international level.

This paper is part of a broader approach of networking pursued by STJ, especially in their relationship with other Syrian local organizations. Over the past months, STJ issued a series of joint reports and papers, including A Special Report on the Chemical Attack against Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province on April 4, 2017, in conjunction with Justice for Life Organization. STJ issued another joint report on eight attacks that targeted medical facilities in Idlib province during April 2017, the report entitled Medical Facilities Under firewas shared among STJ, Syrian Archive and Justice for Life Organization. In response to some misconceptions about the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) on Syria adopted by the General Assembly on December 2016, STJ, Syria Justice and Accountability Centre/SJAC and Violations Documentation Centre/VDC in Syria issued a joint paper entitled “Responding to Misconceptions Regarding the IIIM” in which they tried to answer some inquiries regarding the mechanism.

You may read the full paper & download it as PDF format by clicking here,