OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project: Improving accountability and access to remedy in cases of business involvement in human rights abuses

The right to a remedy is a core tenet of the international human rights system, and the need for victims to have access to an effective remedy is also recognized in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

However, extensive research has shown that in cases where business enterprises are involved in human rights abuses, victims often struggle to access remedy. The challenges that victims face are both practical and legal in nature. To begin to address these challenges, OHCHR launched the Accountability and Remedy Project (ARP) in 2014 with a view to contributing to a fairer and more effective system of domestic law remedies in cases of business involvement in severe human rights abuses.

The Project, which has received multiple mandates from the Human Rights Council (Resolutions 26/22 & 32/10), aims to deliver credible, workable guidance to States to enable more consistent implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the area of access to remedy.  There are currently two phases of the Project: