OECD Watch, 제3차 NAP 초안에서 드러난 국내연락사무소(NCP) 운영 방침에 대한 우려 표명
전 세계 55개국 100여개 국제 시민사회단체로 구성된 글로벌 네트워크인 OECD Watch는 이번에 한국정부가 발표한 제3차 국가인권정책기본계획(NAP) 초안에 우려를 표하는 의견서를 법무부와 산업통상자원부 등 관계부처에 전달했습니다. OECD Watch는 OECD 가이드라인 국가연락사무소(NCP) 동료평가에 참여할 수 있는 공식 지위를 갖고 있으며, 한국에서는 국제민주연대가 회원단체입니다. OECD Watch는 이번 의견서에서 NAP 초안이 국가연락사무소(NCP)에 대한 국제사회의 권고를 반영하지 않았을 뿐만 아니라 국가연락사무소 운영 현황을 긍정적으로 서술한 점에 우려를 표하면서 아래와 같이 국내연락사무소가 개혁되기를 요청하였습니다.
● 책무성, 투명성 및 공정성의 관점에서 독립적인 위원회를 구성하고, 기업과 인권 분야 전문성을 고려하여 NCP 위원을 선임할 것
● 기업협회, 노동조합, 시민사회 대표자를 동수로 NCP 위원을 구성하고, 민간위원 추천 시 OECD와 협의지위를 갖고 있는 BIAC, TUAC, OECD Watch와 상의 할 것
● 다른 정부부처 대표자들과 동등하게 외교부와 법무부 대표자들을 참여시킬 것
● 정부 측 NCP 위원이 교체되어도 OECD 가이드라인에 대한 전문성과 NCP의 권한을 제대로 이해할 수 있도록 위원 대상 훈련 및 교육프로그램을 제공할 것
● NCP 사무국이 정부에 부적절한 영향력을 행사하는 기업으로부터 보호받을 수 있도록 할 것
● NCP의 효과성을 증대하기 위한 재정 자원을 강화할 것
● 진정 처리에 있어 NCP의 효과성을 강화하도록 절차지침을 새롭게 마련할 것
아래 내용은 OECD Watch의 의견서 전문(영어)입니다.
Mr. Heeseok Hwang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director General, Human Rights Bureau, Ministry of Justice
Mr. Young Jin Jang (email@example.com)
Chair, Korean NCP, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
Mr. Hyun Suk Oh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
General Secretary, Korean NCP
Amsterdam, 25 April 2018
Reforms to Strengthen the South Korean National Contact Point through the South
Korean National Action Plan
Dear Mr. Hwang, Mr. Jang, and Mr. Oh,
We write to you because of our interest in strengthening the performance of all National Contact Points (NCPs) under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines). We wish to express our concern with the limited scope of the draft third South Korean National Action Plan (NAP) as it relates to the Korean NCP. We believe that the Business and Human Rights section of this NAP should more explicitly recognise the potential importance of a well-functioning NCP and make specific proposals for changes to the NCP that can increase its effectiveness. In our view, the Korean NCP is in need of significant reforms and the third NAP can be an important step in bringing these reforms about.
OECD Watch is a global network of civil society organisations with more than 100 members in 55 countries. One of our members, the Korean House of International Solidarity, presently serves on OECD Watch’s coordination committee. As you may know, OECD Watch has a formal relationship with the OECD in respect of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
At the G20 Summit in 2017, then-President Moon Jae-in provided full support to the 2017 G20 Summit Leaders’ Declaration for enhancing the OECD Guidelines and the NCPs. The creation of South Korea’s third NAP, in advance of the OECD Peer Review of the South Korean NCP scheduled for 2019, is an especially timely opportunity for the government to demonstrate its commitment.
We note that the National Human Rights Commission of Korea presented in March 2018 official recommendations to the Korean government for institutional reform of the Korean NCP. Authoritative voices outside of Korea have also called for strengthening the NCP. Following its visit to Korea in June 2017, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights emphasised the need for the participation of civil society and trade unions in the NCP. In October 2017, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in its concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of the Republic of Korea recommended the enhancement of the impact, transparency, inclusiveness, and effectiveness of the NCP.
This UN report expressed concerns shared by many civil society organisations including OECD Watch over “the documented cases of human rights violations resulting from the operations Korean companies at home and abroad.” The report recommended that Korea “act upon allegations of violations of human rights resulting from activities of Korean companies, domestically and abroad that are brought to its attention and ensure that victims can obtain claim reparations through the State party’s judicial and non-judicial mechanisms.”
A key purpose of an NCP—reiterated on many occasions by governments and intergovernmental bodies—is to provide a grievance mechanism to enable access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses. The NCP is Korea’s most significant nonjudicial mechanism in this regard. Unfortunately it is not working well. The small number of complaints submitted to the NCP over the years is inconsistent with the many known instances in which the operations of Korean companies have been incompatible with the expectations of responsible business behaviour set out in the OECD Guidelines.
OECD Watch believes the primary reason for the NCP’s shortcomings is that the NCP does not retain the confidence of social partners and other stakeholders. That confidence could be restored if alterations are made to the NCP’s institutional arrangement to strengthen the ability of the NCP to act with impartiality. We therefore suggest that the following structural reforms be recommended in the NAP and ultimately implemented at the NCP:
● Establish a more independent commission with a view to increasing accountability, transparency, and impartiality as well as the level of expertise of commissioners in business and human rights matters.
● Include an equal number of representatives from business, trade unions, and civil society as the NCP commissioners. Consult BIAC, TUAC, and OECD Watch for recommendations on experts from civil society who may serve as commissioners.
● Include representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice on an equal basis with the representatives of the other participating ministries.
● Provide special training and education to the governmental commissioners of the NCP who, due to their job rotation system, lack expertise on the OECD Guidelines and the mandates of the NCP.
● Establish a secretariat that is protected from undue influence of business on any one Ministry.
● Increase the financial resources for the NCP to enhance its effectiveness.
● Develop new rules of procedure to increase the NCPs’ effectiveness in handling specific instance complaints.
We believe that these recommendations, if implemented, would greatly increase the confidence of civil society and especially the potential users of the specific instance procedures. The Korean NCP would be more credible. This would bring the Korean NCP more in line with the commitments made by the Korean Government. These changes would in turn increase the positive impact and image of Korean business around the world.
We would welcome your response to these recommendations and are available to discuss them.
Dr. Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, Ph.D.
OECD Watch Coordinator