Investment and Human Rights in Afghanistan
The case of Afghanistan is emblematic of countries in the throes of armed conflict, in which both human rights and investment present significant protection challenges. Lack of resources and government capacity, fluctuating commitment of the international community, and collapse of the policing and judicial systems are but some of the challenging characteristics of the volatile Afghan context. As outlined in this snapshot, as much as investment is needed in Afghanistan, the country’s extreme context presents some significant human rights risks for foreign investors.
IHR Project lead Andrea Shemberg spoke to Jonathan about the recent opening of Myanmar to foreign investment, the policy and regulatory changes that accompany this opening and the human rights-related challenges that this poses. Jonathan also offered insights on how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the ‘Guiding Principles’ or the ‘UNGPs’) may help governments and foreign investors to address these challenges.