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Weekly Update - 29 April 2015

Lead Story
80% of US company reports analysed by Amnesty Intl. & Global Witness do not comply with conflict minerals law requirements

Amnesty Intl.; Global Witness; New York Times; Financial Times (UK)

(photo credit: Enough Project)
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & North Africa

Ericsson releases sustainability report based on UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

Oxfam highlights human rights abuses linked with Intl. Finance Corporation lending in Cambodia, Guatemala, India, Honduras & Laos
  • we invited the companies linked to the abuses to respond: Dragon Capital Group, Vietnamese Enterprise Investments, Hidralia Energía responded
  • EDL Generation, Masan Group, Medco Power Indonesia did not respond; we will indicate whether GMR Varalakshmi Foundation responds next week
Indian communities file lawsuit in US court against Intl. Finance Corporation over harm to livelihoods & health from Tata coal-fired plant in Gujarat

EarthRights Intl., Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Vinci Construction to be investigated in France over Qatar forced labour claims following legal complaint by Sherpa

Guardian (UK)

  • company denies allegations, sues NGO for defamation
"Toxic Work - Stop Deadly Exposures Today": ITUC calls for strong union role in ceasing exposure to harmful chemicals at work

Ranking of world’s largest investors reveals few mitigate climate change risks

Asset Owners Disclosure Project

Southern African grassroots women protest coal companies' negative social, health & environmental impacts

South African Civil Society Information Service

  • we invited Sasol to respond - response provided
Sudan: Enough Project urges stronger due diligence to ensure gold industry is not fuelling war

Mozambique: NGOs concerned about displacement, lack of consultation by Japanese-led large scale agricultural development
  • full statement only available in Japanese
Trinidad & Tobago: Workers at Solid Waste Management protest for medical plan, say they handle toxic materials

Trinidad Express Newspaper

Colombia: 3 indigenous people killed & others at risk in community resisting mining projects

Amnesty Intl.

Peru: One farmer dead, 11 injured during clashes with police over protests against Southern Copper mine; company says it will carry on with project

Reuters; Peru Support Group

Asia & Pacific
Pakistan: China's energy & infrastructure deals projected to reach USD 45 billion - huge environmental impact likely; most new power projects will burn coal

China Dialogue,

China Gold subject to withdrawal of Canadian Govt. trade support due to alleged abuses in Tibet, says Canadian OECD Natl. Contact Point in final statement
  • we invited China Gold Intl. Resources to respond; it did not do so
Indonesia: Chocolate firms to support sustainable cocoa programme to reduce poverty & greenhouse gas emissions

Confectionery News (USA)

Myanmar: FIDH reports arbitrary detention & sentencing of human rights defender & land rights campaigner Thein Aung Myint

Myanmar: Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone risks displacing local communities, civil society warns

Daniel Aguirre & Vani Sathisan, Intl. Commission of Jurists

Europe & Central Asia
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights denounces The Sun newspaper over article calling migrants "cockroaches"

Guardian (UK); Intl. Business Times

  • High Commissioner calls on European govts. to crack down on racism & xenophobia "under the guise of freedom of expression"
Commentary: Weak govt. & company engagement on business & human rights amid shrinking civil society space in Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Ella Skybenko, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Germany: Textile initiative aiming to improve living & environmental conditions in manufacturing invites SMEs, intl. companies to join


Middle East & North Africa
Jordan: 11,789 workplace accidents registered in 2014; NGO calls on govt. to ratify Intl. Labour Organization's convention on occupational health & safety

Jordan Times

Company responses Non-responses
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Final reminder: Seeking input - Documentation checklist for reporting corporate human rights impacts (deadline: 30 Apr)

ESCR-Net, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Final reminder: Call for session proposals for 2015 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (deadline: 1 May)

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Call for papers on business & human rights (deadline: 20 May)

Associação Nacional de Direitos Humanos, Pesquisa e Pós- Graduação (Brazil), Business and Human Rights Resource

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