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Weekly Update - 23 December 2015

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Bangladesh: Report finds thousands of unregulated factories are putting workers & intl. clothing brands at risk

NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights; Tribune (Bangladesh)

(Photo credit: NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights)
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Commentary: "This Holiday Season, Find Out What Your Favorite Brands are Doing on Human Rights"

Michael Kourabas, Triple Pundit

Dutch court allows Nigerians' oil pollution lawsuit against Shell to proceed, orders company to grant access to internal documents

Reuters; Friends of the Earth Netherlands

Danish PFA Pension excludes HeidelbergCement from investment universe citing "violation of basic human rights" & "illegal activities" in occupied West Bank

PFA Pensions; Middle East Monitor

  • we invited HeidelbergCement to respond - response provided
Updates on UN Guiding Principles Reporting & Assurance Framework Initiative
  • latest eminent persons meeting report; key take-away document from Autumn consultations; summary of key points from Jakarta civil society session
Advocates recommend US withhold trade from Laos until govt. shows progress on human rights, including workers’ & land rights

Radio Free Asia

ABN AMRO guide explains how bank approaches human rights in its own activities, and supplier & client relationships
Ethiopia: Human Rights Watch says "at least 75 protesters" opposing efforts to clear land for investment projects killed by govt. forces

Human Rights Watch; Finfinne Tribune

African civil society groups call for revisions to World Bank Environmental & Social Framework to ensure bank & borrowers robustly protect human rights

African Law Foundation, Community Policing Partners & others

Kenya: Court orders Bidco Oil Refineries to compensate family of former employee who died on duty

Star (Kenya)

Brazil: UN Working Group ends visit saying that economic development should not be at the expense of human rights; also available in Portuguese

UN Working Group on business & human rights

Guatemala: Report exposes abuses & intimidation against those opposing Tahoe Resources' El Escobal mine

Intl. Platform Against Impunity in Central America; MiningWatch Canada; Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

  • we invited Tahoe Resources to respond - response provided
Mexico: Research finds wind energy in Oaxaca could have negative impacts on land rights & development of indigenous communities

Equitable Origin

Colombian Agency for Reintegration reveals best companies that offer jobs to demobilised combatants (Colombia)

Asia & Pacific
China: Collapse of dumped construction waste in Shenzhen industrial park leaves nearly a hundred people missing


  • police raid offices of Yixianglong, company reportedly managing collapsed dump site
Myanmar: 107 orgs. call for suspension of Kyaukphyu special economic zone citing land rights concerns

Irrawaddy (Myanmar)

NGOs call for Thai Govt. to enact outbound investment law & oversight body to prevent harmful social & environmental impacts abroad
  • call comes prior to court decision in case regarding impacts in Thailand of Laos' Xayaburi Dam - see case profile
India: Investigative series highlights concerns about human rights abuses & security of govt.'s nuclear energy programme

Centre for Public Integrity

  • human rights commission in India opens official probe into excessive radiation exposures
Australia wins intl. legal battle with Philip Morris over plain cigarette packaging

Guardian (UK)

Europe & Central Asia
Russia: NGO report finds coal mining results in “contamination of air, water, and soil, high mortality and sickness rates” among local communities


Banned & dangerous weapons found for sale on; company comments provided

Guardian (UK)

Middle East & North Africa
Workers' rights in the Middle East Gulf: Egypt: Environmental advocates warn about health impacts of increasing use of coal; enforcement of regulation continues to be weak

Daily News Egypt

Israel: Construction worker deaths & rights neglected by media

Haaretz (Israel)

Oman: Over 3000 workers at construction firm on strike demanding unpaid wages

Muscat Daily

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