In these countries, the narrative has been “development now, everything else later” – with that “everything else” encompassing the environment, sustainability and human rights.
Study links 35 percent of Chinese Belt and Road Initiative projects to scandals involving corruption, environmental problems, labour violations
While Uzbekistan’s debt to Beijing continues to grow, Kazakhstan — along with Turkmenistan — were among the countries with a particularly high hidden debt.
The world’s costliest Olympic Games, held in Russia in February 2014, were built on widespread and well-documented human rights abuses. This is just one example of the adverse impacts, when governments systematically fail to act to protect human rights in the face of business activities.
Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus: study brings cases from Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia to light
Changing the law in favour of investors, sudden approval of controversial projects, unlawful construction of hydropower plants, illegal logging, or persecution of activists. These are some of the cases of accelerated undermining of human rights and destruction of the environment during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Businesses operating in such countries don’t seem to be concerned with human rights records of authoritarian governments, remaining silent, feigning ignorance or at worst helping authorities in their crackdown.
Review of the security situation of human rights defenders, civil activists working on corporate accountability in Kazakhstan (2016-2020)
In 2021, PA ‘Kadir-Kasiet’, together with the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, conducted research into the situation regarding the protection of human rights defenders in the field of corporate accountability in the period from 2016 to 2020.
The UNGPs are currently available in English, Russian, and Serbian.
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre analysed the human rights policies and performance of 30 extractives companies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a focus on Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. In doing so, we aimed to draw attention to the major human rights risks and impacts within the region, as well as address the lack of information around business activities.
Governance, rule of law and corruption in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Barriers to holding corporations accountable for human rights abuses
State legislation and political will to implement them are the biggest determinants of corporate respect for human rights within that jurisdiction. If businesses do not expect to be held accountable for human rights abuses, they often feel free to cause or contribute to adverse impacts with impunity.