Indonesia joined fourteen other nations who had previously published a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP).
The unveiling marked the next stage in a process that had begun in September 2014 under the prime steerage of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM). This is not an unusual situation, as Komnas HAM chair, Nur Kholis noted, as a number of countries have designated formulation of the National Action Plan to their national Human Rights Commission.
Indonesia is the first country in ASEAN [indeed, Asia] to actually join those that have published their NAP on business and human rights.
The National Action Plan now provides a requirement for ministries, institutions and local governments to play their part within their jurisdiction, while further legislation will come at the presidential level.
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