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Access to remedy and remediation

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In the event that an enterprise abuses human rights, the state is under obligation to ensure accessible remedy and effective remediation whenever such abuses occur within their territory and/or jurisdiction. The third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights revolves around this fundamental principle, detailing the state's duty to protect human rights and enterprises responsibility to respect human rights. States must also ensure that victims of human rights abuse have access to state and, where necessary, non-state grievance mechanisms and remediation. According to the UN Guiding Principles, remediation can take the form of rehabilitation, financial or non-financial compensation, punitive sanctions or prevention of harm through, for example, injunctions or guarantees of non-repetition.

National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines and its role as an extrajudicial grievance mechanism

In order to implement the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the Federal Government has set up an extrajudicial grievance mechanism.