Revista Española de Empresas y Derechos Humanos

Corporate Due Diligence in post conflict settings: the role of civil society and victims in advancing environmental and human rights protection in Colombia

Marta Paricio Montesinos. Faculty of Law and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). University of Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract: Recent years have seen a rising consensus to hold corporations accountable for their human rights abuses in conflict-affected zones. This is represented by the concept of heightened due diligence, mainly based on the UNGPs. However, there is a lack of scholar literature on this topic. This paper focuses on the state of Colombia, analysing its performance under its duty to protect and how, in the face of its absence, civil society and victims fight for ending business impunity. Their actions and limitations pose questions regarding the due diligence international framework’s premises and what is expected of a weakened state.

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