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Amol Mehra is an international human rights lawyer and the Director of The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), a coalition of organizations that create, promote, and defend legal frameworks to ensure that corporations respect human rights in their global operations.

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Rankings, Benchmarks, Reporting and More: Motivating Action on Business and Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:55 PM

By Amol Mehra, Esq. and Erica Embree

Benjamin Franklin famously said, "Never confuse motion with action." In the business and human rights domain, this saying is particularly applicable.

Decades of negotiation at the international level about the respective obligations and responsibilities of governments and companies in regards...

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Mo and the Movement: Reflections on the Third Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 3:27 PM

On December 1st-3rd, 2014, the third annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights was convened at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Chaired by Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim, the Sudanese telecom billionaire turned philanthropist, the Forum brought together over 2000 registered attendees from...

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Who's Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Coauthored by Nicole Vander Meulen

The Department of Defense spent about $160 billion on private security contractors (PSCs) for various services in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007-2012, and contractor personnel made up over 50 percent of the U.S. presence in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This is a...

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You Want Human Rights With That? McDonald's Serves Up Due Diligence on Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:42 AM

By Amol Mehra, Esq., and Nicole Santiago

Shareholders are using their voting power to join the movement for corporate accountability and the most recent company to serve up policies and practices on human rights in its operations may be just around the block.

In January, McDonald's Corporation released its...

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The Buck Stops Here: Using Public Funds for Public Good

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 12:23 PM

By Amol Mehra, Esq. and Mike Lally

The United States spent around $3.6 trillion last year, on products, services, and employment, including contractors. Which companies benefited from these lucrative deals with our government? And what were our conditions on their performance? Shouldn't we, as the taxpayers that are...

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Preventable Tragedies: Companies Need to Ensure That Human Rights, Including Labor Rights, Are Protected

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 12:51 PM

By Amol Mehra and Mike Lally

Globalization has provided benefits to under-served populations around the world by opening up markets and increasing access and opportunity to those at the bottom of the pyramid. But that's not the whole picture. What happens in countries where rampant corruption, poverty and weak rule...

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Time to Put Private Security Contractors Under the Gun

(11) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:56 PM

The news surrounding the attack on September 11, 2012 on the U.S. government compound in Benghazi has resulted in serious questions about how much knowledge the US State Department had over the likelihood of an attack.

The facts have revealed some startling revelations. On the night of the attack,...

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Ending Human Trafficking -- Now Is Our Time for Action

(4) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 12:58 PM

On December 31st, 2012, President Obama proclaimed January 2013 to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The official Presidential Proclamation noted, "Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil...

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