The Human Rights and Business Unit was launched in April 2018 as a stand-alone unit within the Syrian Legal Development Programme to address business or finance related human rights concerns that arise in Syria. The Unit also aims to ensure that human rights remains at the forefront of reconstruction in Syria.
Business and financial activity in Syria, as the conflict continues, create ample opportunities for human rights violations. Many states are scrambling to ensure their businesses can have a role in reconstruction in Syria. However, businesses operating in conflict-affected areas face particularly complex challenges in maintaining human rights in their business activities.
Moreover, reconstruction in Syria allows war criminals and perpetrators of human rights violations who are still in power to profiteer from reconstruction efforts.
The Human Rights and Business Unit works with a variety of stakeholders to ensure all business and financial actors are conscious of their role in protecting the human rights of Syrians and that they have the tools necessary to do so.
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INTERNATIONAL LAW, LANGUAGE, AND ACCESS
The Human Rights and Business Unit combines knowledge of international law and international institutions with knowledge of local and conflict dynamics on the ground in Syria. Our team has experience conducting legal and academic research on human rights and business issues. This expertise will allow us to analyze local dynamics and facts on the ground through the lens of international human rights.
SCOPE OF WORK
FROM THE FIELD, TO THE POLICY MAKERS AND BACK!
The Human Rights and Business Unit provides a variety of services to Syrian human rights and humanitarian organization partners including consultations, law and advocacy workshops.
The Human Rights and Business Unit aims to be an information and resource center on business and human rights concerns in Syria. To this end, the Human Rights and Business Unit provides consultations, trainings, and workshops to Syrian NGOs on their role in ensuring human rights in business and financial activity Syria. The Human Rights and Business Unit also engages with international policymakers to ensure the protection of human rights in their policies on reconstruction in Syria. Moreover, the Human Rights and Business Unit works to ensure businesses and other stakeholders working in Syria or interested in participating in reconstruction are aware of their human rights obligations as well as the human rights risks that come with operating in conducting business or financial activity in Syria.
The Human Rights and Business Unit also monitors and documents business or financial related violations of human rights in in Syria and drafts and publishes reports with our findings. You can view our methodology below.
Monitoring and Documentation Methodology
The Human Rights and Business Unit monitors and documents business related human rights violations and potential war crimes that may arise in business activity in Syria to ensure accountability of violators.
The Human Rights and Business Unit will collect information about violations by
- Scanning news sources for information about
Business activities that may raise human rights concerns/risks
Syrian government laws, decrees, and regulations on reconstruction or business activity that may raise human rights concerns/risks
Reconstruction, trade, and economic dynamics that may have a negative impact on the human rights situation in Syria
- Collecting information or data gathered by partner Syrian organizations about business related human rights violations in reconstruction in Syria. SLDP will ensure that information collected by partner Syrian organizations is accurate by reviewing the sources of information and the method of collection.
Information and data collected shall be analyzed based on business and human rights obligations of states and businesses under international law, as well as international criminal law.
This information will be analyzed and published in a quarterly report, to be published every three months and disseminated to SLDP partners and interested stakeholders. Moreover, reports can be found on our website’s publications page.