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5th ASEM Informal Seminar on Human Rights Series

Economic Relations: Human Rights and Multinational Companies, Human Rights and Foreign Direct Investments

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
16 May 2003 - 17 May 2003 Asia-Europe Foundation Governance & Economy Department Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights Series (ASEMHRS) Economy
Governance & Human Rights

Lund (Sweden)

The 5th ASEM Informal Seminar on Human Rights Series, gathered a total of 55 representatives composed of civil societies from the corporate sectors, trade unions, legal agencies, NGOs and government officials. There were 2 rapporteurs (one Asian and one European), who facilitated this seminar including 2 preparatory workshops in Osaka, Japan (15 participants) and Bangkok, Thailand (14 participants) and 2 keynote speakers.

This seminar provided a platform for participants to freely discuss and debate on how multinational companies and financial institutions impact human rights advocacy.  Despite this short meeting, the workshops allowed participants to share their views based on their area of expertise. Networks within this diverse group of Asians and Europeans were definitely created.


  • Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
  • Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Funded by the European Union