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Weekly Update - 28 October 2015

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From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Rights Extracted: Toward transparency & respect for human rights in mining, oil & gas in Francophone Africa
  • analysis of 10 years of approaches to companies on allegations of abuses in Francophone Africa: 42% relate to extractive companies
  • released on the occasion of 2nd annual economic forum of La Francophonie
  • highlights key trends relating to local impacts, transparency, good practices; makes recommendations for companies & govts.
Videos from Mary Robinson Speaker Series 2015 on Climate Justice and Business

3 vacancies at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Civil society orgs. call on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to consider climate risks in reporting standards for mining, oil & gas companies

Carbon Tracker Initiative, CDP, ClientEarth & Climate Disclosure Standards Board

  • we invited EITI to respond; the board is currently considering a response
Major apparel brands to create industry-wide methodology for assessing labour conditions in supply chains - with NGOs Sedex, Solidaridad


Report calls for "carbon major" companies to pay for loss & damage suffered by communities affected by climate change

Climate Justice Programme

Paper claims Facebook's "real name" policy affects rights to privacy, freedom of expression & association

Sarah Gunther, Columbia Univ. (USA)

  • we invited Facebook to respond - response provided
Latest news on modern slavery:
So. Africa: Communities in Sekhukhune say they are "stripped of their heritage", impoverished by Anglo Platinum

Bench Marks Foundation

  • we invited Anglo Platinum to respond - response provided
Uganda: Court rules that eviction of 250 families for construction of oil waste treatment plant was unlawful

Oil in Uganda

Tanzania: Land disputes with local farmers stall Agro EcoEnergy's proposed sugar project

Guardian (UK)

Chevron’s "star" witness says during arbitration large parts of his testimony in US lawsuit over company’s pollution in Ecuador were exaggerated, some were untrue

Vice News (USA)

USA: Companies & states to sue federal govt. to stop climate change regulations

New York Times (USA)

Guatemala: 48 intl. NGOs call for investigation into 2nd attack against human rights defender opposing Tahoe Resources' El Escobal mine

NGOs including Center for Intl. Environmental Law, MiningWatch Canada

Asia & Pacific
China Labor Watch report says excessive working hours, low wages & poor living conditions persist at Pegatron, manufacturer of Apple's iPhone

China Labor Watch; AFP; CNET

  • report also notes improvements in hiring process - now no evidence of age, ethnicity discrimination previously alleged
  • article with company's comment also provided
Myanmar: Locals allege being excluded from SMEC’s social & environmental impact assessments for Tasang Dam

Asian Correspondent

  • we invited SMEC to respond - response provided
Papua New Guinea: MiningWatch alleges lack of equity in settlements for victims of sexual assault at Barrick’s Porgera mine
  • we invited Barrick Gold to respond - response provided
Commentary: "Indonesia's Fire Crisis — The Biggest Environmental Crime of the 21st Century"

Jakarta Globe 

  • explores the impact of pollution caused by forest fires in palm oil plantations
China: Villagers in Yangchun, Guangdong protest against plans to build rubbish incinerators near homes citing pollution concerns

South China Morning Post 

Europe & Central Asia
EU regulation on conflict minerals must include mandatory conditions on importers, say Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs & Founder of Panzi Hospital

Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sweden) & Dr. Denis Mukwege, Founder & Medical Director, Panzi Hospital and Foundations (Dem. Rep. of Congo) in Huffington Post

UK: Equality & Human Rights Commission report recommends measures to improve working conditions in cleaning sector

Kazakhstan: New draft law imposing restrictions on NGOs threatens freedom of association, says Human Rights Watch
Middle East & North Africa
Turkey: SF Leather (supplier to Mulberry) drops legal action against workers who joined trade union


Qatar: Licences of 15 manpower agencies cancelled over alleged labour law abuses

The Peninsular (Qatar)

Saudi Arabia: Labour Ministry announces decision to fine companies for failing to pay wages on time

Al Arabiya (UAE)

Company responses Non-responses
Forthcoming events:
  • workshop on implementing the UN Guiding Principles (Kuala Lumpur, 29 Oct)
  • panel discussion on human rights risk in the supply chain (Sydney, 29 Oct)
  • how business can tackle deforestation (London, 2-3 Nov)
  • e-learning course on business & human rights (online, 4 Nov-15 Dec)
  • conference on social responsibility in mining (Antofagasta, 4-6 Nov)
  • "Modern Slavery: Putting Effective Due Diligence in Place" (London, 4 Nov)
  • EU role in the global garment industry (Brussels, 4 Nov; register by 30 Oct)
  • discussion: climate change & the role of business (New York, 4 Nov)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Alex Janczenia:  
Current vacancies: Further details and other recently posted jobs available here.  Please send job announcements to Alex Janczenia:  
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