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From Principles to Practice: Case Studies of Voluntary Principles Implementation


Source: Voluntary Principles Initiative

The success and impact of in-country implementation of the Voluntary Principles is a key determining factor of the overall health of the Initiative. However, there is a need to better understand and build on the range of implementation activities being carried out in different settings.

The webinar took the format of a round-table conversation between the Moderator and the Panelists. Two key questions were posed to the Panelists:

Q1: Provide one specific example/case study/illustration of your efforts to move the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights from Principles to Practice

Q2: Indicate one or two main challenges that you have encountered in advancing VPs implementation. How should the initiative at the international level help?

This session held on July 7, 2020.

Moderator: Frédéric Chenais, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland


Dr. Uju Agomoh is the founder and executive director of PRAWA. PRAWA is a Nigeria-based NGO working on promoting security, justice and development in Africa. PRAWA promotes institutional reforms in the security sector, access to justice, rehabilitation, and social development of prisoners, ex-prisoners, torture victim and youth at risk. PRAWA is a member of the VPs working group in Nigeria.

Bruce Barnaby Rubio is Coordinator in the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (IDEHPUCP). Bruce is an expert in business and human rights as well as human rights of indigenous peoples. IDEHPUCP is currently the Secretariat of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights: the Voluntary Principles and the UN Guiding Principles.

Annie Burdzy is project coordinator at DCAF – the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance. For the past 7.5 years she has worked in the Business and Security Division which focuses on promoting multi-stakeholder approaches to supporting implementation of good practices in business, security and human rights.

Claude Voillat is Economic Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).For the past 15 years, he has been responsible in particular for the development of the ICRC’s relations with businesses operating in conflict zones. In this capacity, he has regularly engaged with companies in the extractives sector and has participated as an observer in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights initiative (VPs).

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