“言有尽而意无穷” [Words and meanings are endless].
In the run up to the book launch scheduled for 13 July 2021 (registration required but free HERE), the folks at Little Sir Press have organized a series of short conversations about my new book, "Hong Kong Between 'One Country' and 'Two Systems'."
I am delighted, then, to make available the next in the series of video recordings of conversations about the book with my former research assistant Matthew McQuilla (Penn State International Affairs MIA 2021). Today we discuss Chapter 11 (Friday 16 August 2019)--Surya Deva on the International Human Rights Implications of the Situation in Hong Kong .
This Chapter focused on an aspect of the situation in Hong Kong that had been essentially sidelined in the first weeks of the protests, but that had started to become more noticed as the protests continued--the effect of the protests on business, and the role of business in the protests.The analysis centers on the contradictions facing businesses that simultaneously were deeply embedded in the economies of Hong Kong and China while at the same time substantially involved in global economic chains. The trigger for the contradiction arises wit respect to the human rights obligations of multinational enterprises under international standards, and in this case the United Nations Guiding Principles for Human Rights, which had been endorsed by China in 2011. Surya Deva of the UN Working Group for Business and Human Rights makes the case for a more substantial and robust application of the implications of the UNGP from the perspective of those charged with its development in the UN apparatus in Geneva. I consider the contradictions that this creates where the Socialist vision of human rights--especially in its emerging forms of stability and prosperity, might force a company to make a choice between actions more responsive to expectations in liberal democratic spaces versus those expected in Marxist Leninist spaces.
The video of the conversation about Chapter 11 may be accessed HERE.