To deny people their human right is to challenge their very humanity. Nelson Mandela.
As human beings we have different definition of what human rights are, we find ourselves in situations that want us to use these human rights but we have no idea what the are and how to use them. This is to explain what human rights are, how they are violated in a work place and how to protect yourself from human rights violations.
What are human rights?
According to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the New Commissioner (2018) “Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever nationality, where you leave, race, sex, ethnic group, language or any other status”. Everyone is entitled to their human rights without being discriminated. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and inseparable. Each right cannot go without the other, they are interlinked. Most importantly we all have right to life, freedom of expression and freedom of speech. We are not meant to be slaves in are own work place, we have a right to safety, to fight for our beliefs.
This season offers opportunities for the introduction of two targeted regulatory means to address the impacts of business activities on human rights. the first one is amendments to the modern slavery Bill demanding large UK companies to report on steps they are taking to identify and put an end to slavery in their supply chains, the second one is an EU regulations that will need relevant EU companies to carry out due diligence to ensure that they source minerals responsibly, Croser (2014).
Croser, (2014) states that UK human rights group, stakeholders, parliamentarians from all parties and business leaders agree with the proposed amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill. This summers shocking revelations about slavery in the Thai fishing industry, which supplies prawns to UK supermarket’s, this shows that voluntary systems are failing to identify and stopping these practices. This is not surprising given that forced labour is estimated to produce a profit of 150billion dollars.
Other responsible businesses they welcome legislation as a way of levelling the playing field and setting out clear expectations. These business do not see why they should be compromised by companies that are prepared to turn a blind eye to terrible practices. These businesses do not care as long as the price is low.
Forced labour and the trade in conflicts minerals are complicated problems which will not be solved by regulations in the UK and Europe alone. Besides, the introduction of the measures that were mentioned would be highly important. most importantly they would go some way towards ending the business practices which drive demand for workers who work fro free, Croser (2014).
Such due diligence processes are made to prevent business related human rights abuses. Crosers states that those people that are affected by the irresponsible practices of UK companies overseas, must get improved remedy essentials. Research from Amnesty International found that victims are frequently denied justice and it remains rare for criminal prosecutions to be brought against companies for human rights abuses.
Ways to protect yourself from human rights violation.
It is never okay to be violated more especially when it come to your human rights in a workplace or any other place of business. Finding help is the best solution, also learn more about your human rights and know where to apply them. The 7 ways above will help you know what to do when dealing with violation of human rights.
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