When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that are Dying to be Heard

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Dr. Tara Van Ho (University of Essex, School of Law), Professor Jena Martin (West Virginia University, College of Law) and Professor Karen Bravo (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law)

When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that Are Dying to be Heard, edited by Jena Martin (West Virginia U), Karen Bravo (Indiana U) and Essex Law School’s Tara Van Ho uses reported narratives to examine how businesses harm human rights. Each of the ten chapters tell a different story, using first-hand narratives from individuals and communities.

In doing so, the book reveals common experiences despite different legal and cultural systems, with victims identifying how businesses have failed to conduct appropriate due diligence and how existing legal structures are inadequate for ensuring victims can access appropriate remedies when their human rights are harmed.

In her own chapter, Dr. Van Ho examines how a mining company upended the lives and communities surrounding the village of Cajamarca, Colombia, by planning to exploit resources without consultation and in a manner that threatened the water safety and security of an entire region.

While many books briefly feature the experiences of victims, this book is intended to place victims at the centre of their own story. In response to the reported experiences, the editors draw important conclusions and make a series of proposals for international and domestic policymakers. When Business Harms Human Rights: Affected Communities that Are Dying to be Heard is available from Anthem Press (260 pages; £80.00, $125.00).

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