Corporate Human Rights Accountability in India: What Have We Learned from Bhopal?
Commentaries – Corporate Legal Accountability Portal (July 2012), pp. 1-4
4 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 14, 2012
This paper illustrates that the Indian government seems to have learned hardly any lessons from ‘Bhopal’ – a symbol of corporate impunity for human rights abuses – because it continues to pursue policies of economic development at the cost of human rights. It is argued that any regulatory framework, in order to be effective, should understand the nuances of the changed power dynamics between states and multinational corporations and move beyond relying solely on states to hold non-state actors accountable.
Keywords: Corporate human rights violations, Bhopal gas leak, Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Indian Companies Bill 2011, Economic development and human rights, New power dynamics
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