Human Rights and Political Risk: Rights and Risk

Economic recovery stimulates the drive for high returns, especially in emerging markets. But how should risk be assessed, particularly in less predictable times? One of the keynote speakers at an upcoming Chatham House conference on the issue believes that human rights hold the key.

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Bertrand Ramcharan

acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

A country’s human rights record is a crucial factor in assessing the level of risk – whether for the prevention of conflict, assessment of stability, or decisions on business opportunities. The literature on risk assessment discusses the meaning of risk and examines political or investment danger, but there is very little consideration of the relevance of human rights. Any risk assessment should start by considering a country’s human rights infrastructure, record and problems.

National protection system

United Nations human rights strategies increasingly emphasise national protection systems. This concept means that it is necessary to look at a country’s constitution, laws and courts to see how far they reflect international human rights norms.

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