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Wednesday, June 12 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed: Building on the first public statements by business and civil society on business protection of civic freedoms

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In 2018, both important progressive businesses and the World Summit on human rights defenders have publicly recognized for the first time, through two separate statements, that civic freedoms, defenders and respect for the rule of law are vitally important for both civil society and business - and that businesses have a role to play in protecting defenders and civic freedoms. Yet, the “two sides” have not discussed these commitments face to face yet. This session will be a chance for the representatives of these two communities to come together, to talk frankly about the expectations that they have for one another, through a “fire-side chat”. They will discuss: “What are the realistic expectations with regard to business protection of civic freedoms and defenders? What are the main principles that both sides can agree upon that would lead to cooperation? What are the main obstacles? What is the role of governments? Can there be a joint stance by businesses and civil society?” The goal of the session will be for the two sets of actors to walk away with strengthened trust and a clearer understanding of each other’s positions - and to share those with their communities.

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Michael Karimian

Senior Manager, Human Rights, Microsoft

Wednesday June 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
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