On 16 June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations \'Protect, Respect and Remedy\' Framework," which is the first time that the human rights standards have been developed for business activities to adhere to at the national and international levels to prevent from human rights violations. Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, consists of five members. The Working Group is independent from any Government and organization and only reports to the UN General Assembly.
Ms. Margaret Junk, member of the Working Group, paid an official visit in Mongolia between 8 and 18 October, 2012 for the purpose of making assessment over the impact of business activities on human rights in Mongolia.
During the visit she participated in international conference entitled "Mining and human rights in Mongolia,” held on 10 and 11 October 2012 by NHRCM, and made a presentation entitled "International human rights norms related to the Mining business.”
This is the first country visit to gather necessary information and data as for a Working Group member in Mongolia, and it aims at considering issues related to the Guiding Principles. She is going to have the result of this visit discussed at "the Business and human rights forum,” which is to be held in Geneva on 4 and 5 December 2012 and officially report to the Human Rights Council in 6 June 2013.
See the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations \'Protect, Respect and Remedy\' Framework."