The Human Rights and Business Unit was launched in April 2018 as a stand-alone unit within the Syrian Legal Development Programme to address business-related human rights concerns that arise in the context of Syria and to ensure that human rights remain at the forefront of reconstruction efforts.
The Human Rights and Business Unit works with a variety of stakeholders in Syria’s reconstruction to ensure all parties are conscious of their role in protecting human rights and that they have the tools necessary to protect the human rights of Syrians.
The Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP) was established in 2013 and operates as a non-aligned, non- governmental organisation and is registered in the United Kingdom.
Through its team of researchers, lawyers, trainers and human rights advocates, SLDP’s mandate is to promote human rights and the rule of law to minimise the negative human rights impact of the Syrian conflict.
_____ INTERNATIONAL LAW, LANGUAGE AND ACCESS
The Human Rights and Business Unit combines knowledge of international law and international institutions with knowledge of local and conflict dynamics on the ground in Syria. The Human Rights and Business Unit team has experience conducting legal research on human rights and business issues. The Human Rights and Business Unit’s expertise will allow us to analyse local dynamics and facts on the ground through the lens of international human rights. Alongside lawyers, the Unit utilises the knowledge of experts on the Syrian economy.
OUR SCOPE OF WORK
_____ FROM THE FIELD TO THE POLICY MAKERS AND BACK!
The Human Rights and Business Unit provides a variety of services to Syrian human rights and humanitarian organisation partners. Human Rights and Business Unit provides consultations, trainings, and workshops to Syrian NGOs on their role in ensuring human rights in the reconstruction of Syria.
The Human Rights and Business Unit also aims to be an information and resource center on business and human rights concerns in the reconstruction of Syria. The Human Rights and Business Unit engages with international policymakers to ensure the protection of human rights in their policies on reconstruction in Syria. Moreover, the Human Rights and Business Unit works to ensure business working in Syria or interested in participating in reconstruction are aware of their human rights obligations as well as the human rights risks that come with operating in reconstruction in Syria.
The Human Rights and Business Unit monitors and documents violations of human rights in reconstruction in Syria and drafts and publishes reports with our findings.
Monitoring and Documentation Methodology
The Human Rights and Business Unit monitors and documents business related human rights violations and potential war crimes that may arise in the context of Syria to ensure accountability of violators.
The Human Rights and Business Unit will collect information about violations by
- Scanning news sources for information about
business activities that may raise human rights concerns/risks
Syrian government laws, decrees, and regulations on reconstruction or business activity that may raise human rights concerns/risks
Reconstruction, trade, and economic dynamics that may have a negative impact on the human rights situation in Syria
- Collecting information or data gathered by partner Syrian organisations about business and economic issues in Syria, which the unit will analyze from a human rights perspective. SLDP will ensure that information collected by partner Syrian organisations is accurate by reviewing the sources of information and the method of collection.
- Consulting with experts on the business and economic situation in Syria to gather information for potential human rights violations
Information and data collected shall be analysed based on business and human rights obligations of states, businesses, international actors, and other stakeholders involved under international law
This information will be analysed and published to SLDP partners and interested stakeholders. Moreover, reports can be found on our website’s publications page.
_____ NEWS & MEDIA
SLDP IN THE MEDIA
Legal experts teach Syrian rebels to prevent human rights abuses - Los Angeles Times
"Several organizations are training rebels in international humanitarian law in an effort to quell human rights violations and even war crimes by opposition groups. Olabi`s organization appears to be the only one offering training inside Syria, near the front lines."
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