Business, not just government, must respect human rights

Business and human rights: What do they have to do with each other? Are we talking about “human” rights FOR business or rights respected BY business?

In Summary

• Our Constitution, unusually, does deal with business and human rights. It says that not just government, but everyone, is obliged to respect human rights.

• A UN Working Group commented that some big businesses in Kenya were aware of their duties but some (not all) smaller and middle-sized ones less so

Let’s raise our sights from what Kiraitu Murungi called the “mud of politics” to what the Constitution is really about. Not comfortable lives and illusions of power for politicians, but a decent life ...

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