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Weekly Update - 13 January 2016

Lead Story
"Ending impunity, securing justice": Report calls for strategic litigation to combat modern slavery

The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center & The Freedom Fund

  • refers to cases brought against Costco, KBR, Mars, Nestlé, & Signal Intl.

From us
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & No. Africa
From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
2 new Corporate Legal Accountability case profiles:
- Kewei Tongchuang lawsuit (re labour rights in China)
- Workplace exposure to toxic chemicals lawsuit (re Taiwan)
Vacancy: Internship at Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (rolling application)
US Supreme Court rejects Nestlé, ADM & Cargill's bid to dismiss Alien Tort case alleging complicity in forced child labour in Côte d'Ivoire

NEOnline/GK; Reuters

IndustriALL says recent global framework agreement with H&M already improving labour rights & resolving conflicts

Intel says its entire supply chain will be conflict-free in 2016

Fast Company Co.Exist (USA)

Conference report: Wilton Park conference on Mega Sporting Events and human rights

Institute for Human Rights and Business

Call for applications: UN Working Group on business & human rights member from Asia-Pacific region (deadline 21 Jan)

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Tanzania: MiningWatch Canada & RAID rejoinder to Acacia Mining, re allegations of ongoing violence at mine
  • we invited Acacia Mining to respond - response provided
Malawi: Report claims Illovo Sugar evicted locals to expand sugar plantation

SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations)

  • statement by company provided - denies allegations
Zimbabwe: Employees, union accuse Zimplats of firing sick workers, blame poor health standards in mine for illness

  • includes statement by Zimplats (part of Impala Platinum)
Peru: Environmental leader opposing Odebrecht’s dam construction in Marañon River shot & killed

  • we invited Odebrecht to respond - response provided
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights opens case against Brazil for human rights violations related to Belo Monte Dam

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, Justiça Global & Sociedade Paraense de Defesa de Direitos Humanos (SDDH)

USA: Methane leak at SoCalGas well is major contributor to climate change

Guardian (UK)

Asia & Pacific
Myanmar: Amnesty Intl. alleges Letpadaung mine protesters still detained & govt. has failed to investigate alleged use of white phosphorous against protesters
  • villagers living near area earmarked for mining operations by Myanmar Wanbao continue to face threat of forced eviction
  • we invited Wanbao to respond but it did not
Philippines: Hotels & restaurants join sustainable seafood initiative to protect valuable marine resources that provide food & medicines 

Inquirer (Philippines)

Malaysia bans bauxite mining for 3 months to curb environmental & health impacts; tighter rules sought

Bloomberg Business

Primark partners with UK's Department for Intl. Development to improve working conditions in garment supply chains

Sourcing Journal (USA)

  • project will focus on Bangladesh, India, Myanmar & Pakistan
China: 4 detained labour activists formally charged amid "most sweeping clampdown in two decades"


Europe & Central Asia
Sweden: Sami indigenous population fear mine will threaten their livelihoods

Cultural Survival

UK: Police investigate claims of violent abuse against children by G4S staff at young offenders centre

Guardian (UK); Associated Press; Daily Mail (UK); Independent (UK); G4S

  • Labour party calls for G4S to be stripped of youth prison contracts 
  • includes statements by company regarding allegations
UK: Asbestos company Turner and Newall accused of spying on journalists & campaigners to prevent exposure of health risks

Independent (UK)

Middle East & North Africa
Turkey: Govt. announces plans to give Syrian refugees work permits with certain restrictions

Al Jazeera America; Reuters

"I just wanted to be treated as a person"

Human Rights Watch

  • Report: How Lebanon’s residency rules facilitate abuse of Syrian refugees, including in the workplace: Available in Arabic, English and French
Company responses Non-responses
Forthcoming events:
  • lessons from Bodo Community v Shell litigation (16 Feb, Oxford)
  • human rights law & the extractive industries (18-19 Feb, Panama City)
  • 'GreenBiz 2016' (23-25 Feb, Phoenix)
  • course for businesses impacted by the Modern Slavery Act (1 Mar, London)
  • Sedex 2016: "Simplifying Supply Chain Sustainability" (2-3 Mar, London)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Alex Janczenia:  
Internship at Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (rolling application)

Other vacancies: Further details and other recently posted jobs available here.  Please send job announcements to Alex Janczenia:  
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