OPIC and Liberia: Citizen Feedback to Protect Human Rights in Emerging Market Projects

Increasing visibility and awareness of international principles of human rights is creating new opportunities and challenges for channels of citizen feedback. The roles and responsibilities that governments and businesses have with respect to human rights are becoming increasingly recognized internationally. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (so-called “Ruggie Principles”) include operational principles around three pillars –the State duty to protect, the corporate responsibility to respect, and access to remedy.  Businesses are increasingly recognizing that there are financial risks associated with conflicts around human rights issues.