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Indian appointed UN adviser on human rights and businesses

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Professor Surya Deva has been appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council as an adviser formally known as Special Procedure Mandate Holder on human rights and multinationals and businesses.

  • He will be a member of the four-member Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.
  • The advisers of the body report annually to the Council and in most cases to the UN General Assembly.UN
  • They take up individual cases and broader concerns in their fields with government, convene consultations with experts and contribute to the development of international human rights standards.

Surya Deva:

  • Indian born Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong.  His primary research interests lie in Business and Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, India-China Constitutional Law, and Sustainable Development.
  • He has published extensively in these areas.  Deva recently wrote a background paper for India’s National Framework on Business and Human Rights.
  • In 2014, Deva was elected a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law.

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

  • TheUnited Nations Human Rights Council is a United Nations System inter-governmental body whose 47 member states are responsible for promoting and protecting Human Rights around the world.
  • The seats are distributed among theUN’s regional groups as 13 for Africa, 13 for Asia, 6 for Eastern Europe, 8 for Latin America and the Caribbean, and 7 for the Western European and Others Group.