Improving Human Rights in the BiH Business Sector

During the month of June, the human rights of workers were discussed in Goražde, Zenica, Bijeljina and Mostar, during public consultations on the questionnaire designed to determine the extent to which the human rights of workers are respected in BiH.

The questionnaire was developed by the Institute for Youth Development KULT within the project “Improving Human Rights in the Business Sector” funded by the EU. Consultations with business owners and government representatives were organized to obtain comments and suggestions for the current version of the questionnaire.

The consultations were intended to gauge whether the questions are adequate and if the business owners will be able to answer them. Comments and suggestions we received during the consultations will be incorporated into the final version of the questionnaire.

It was also an opportunity to present the UN’s Guiding Principles (UNGP), which were used in developing the questionnaire and to talk about the state of human right in the business sector in general.

The questionnaire, after being finalized, will be sent to business owners in BiH whose responses will contribute to improving the current situation – one that according to all parameters is unfavorable for workers.

There are no relevant statistical data about negative corporate effects on human rights in BiH. Lack of awareness and knowledge about the Guiding Principles and the responsibilities of countries, their obligations and practical instructions for implementing the UNGP, causes workers to face frequent violation of their human rights in the business sector.

The project Improving Human Rights in the Business Sector is funded by the EU with around 200,000 EUR, and is implemented by the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Association of Employers of FBiH.

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