Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment
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Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment

Edited by Nora Götzmann

Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) has increasingly gained traction among state, business and civil society actors since the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the Human Rights Council in 2011. This timely and insightful Handbook addresses HRIA in the context of business and human rights.
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Chapter 7: Childrens rights in HRIA: Marginalized or mainstreamed?

Tara M. Collins


Despite their relevance to the business and human rights discourse, children and youth and their human rights in relation to business activities are inadequately considered. Hence, this chapter has several objectives: (1) improve awareness of children’s rights among stakeholders working with human rights impact assessment (HRIA); (2) discuss key challenges and opportunities for respectful inclusion of children and youth in HRIA of business projects and activities; and (3) support development of more comprehensive impact assessments through inclusion of children’s rights. While there are some demands involved with the inclusion of children’s rights in HRIA, it is argued that this does not excuse lack of attention to this population group. Greater efforts can facilitate understanding and practice of reflecting child rights in HRIA. Indeed, it is essential to mainstream them in order to respect young people’s human rights as well as ascertain the significance of business activities upon them.

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