Keynote Speaker: Surya Deva, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
- Mohammad Nayyeri, Justice for Iran
- Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, SOMO & OECD Watch
- Gaëlle Dusepulchre, FIDH
Moderator: Yasmine Laveille, Justice for Iran
This webinar will consist of a panel discussion among experts and civil society organisations to identify and address challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in repressive and authoritarian contexts such as Iran. Focusing on the telecom sector and presenting the discussion paper published by SOMO, FIDH and JFI on the case of Italtel and the OECD complaint brought against it with the Italian National Contact Point (NCP), this Webinar will provide an opportunity to discuss the duties of multinational ICT companies to avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts. Drawing on the experience of business rush to Iran following the 2015 nuclear deal and in the context of its potential revival, the Webinar will aim to highlight lessons and recommendations for civil society organisations, national governments, NCPs and the OECD, on how best to advance corporate accountability including by pushing for binding legislation on human rights due diligence expectations.
The paper: https://www.fidh.org/en/region/asia/iran/telecom-companies-must-not-let-their-services-become-tools-of