European NHRIs adopt a Common Position on the human rights implications of privatising or contracting out public services


On the 9th June 2017, European NHRIs called on the CoE Member States to step up efforts to establish a practice of human rights impact assessment in in relation to human rights and public procurement following work suggesting that there are gaps in law, policy and practice across European states, including the learning labs’ report.

NHRIs’ findings were presented on 9 June in a High Level Seminar on Human Rights and Business hosted by the Council of Europe. The Seminar raised awareness about the Recommendation adopted by the Committee of Ministers, which provides guidance on the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) at European Level.

You can read the European NHRIs’ Statement here.