What if the human rights assessment shows a negative impact on human rights?

If the activities are likely to impact negatively on human rights, measures could be taken to avoid causing or contributing to human rights violations. If the partner is involved in human rights violations, the partner could review its policy. In some cases, Ghent University shall refrain from collaborating.

If the human rights impact assessment shows that the collaboration might impact negatively on human rights, the intended collaboration is submitted to the Human Rights Policy Committee (HRPC).

The Committee advises on the planned collaboration and possible risk mitigation measures. Information provided to the Committee is treated confidentially. The Committee shall respond within two weeks, regardless of the type of agreement. Within this period, the staff member will know whether a more in-depth investigation is necessary.

If Ghent University refrains from a collaboration, the reasons for the refusal will be communicated transparently with the rejected partner and, possibly, more broadly. This communication is in itself a way of promoting respect for human rights.