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Weekly Update - 30 March 2016

Lead Story
South Africa: Community leader opposing Mineral Commodities Ltd.'s planned mining project killed

Guardian; IOL; Mail & Guardian; 70 NGOs incl. ActionAid, Bench Marks Foundation, Centre for Human Rights - Univ. of Pretoria, Oxfam South Africa, War on Want

  • over 70 NGOs sign letter condemning killing & calling for protection of Amadiba Crisis Committee, led by Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe
  • Australian company Mineral Commodities Ltd. (MRC) responded denying any link to killing - comments provided

(Photo credit: Cheryl Alexander via Legal Resources Centre)
From us
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
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From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Voices from Asia: Videos highlight viewpoints prior to Asia Forum on Business & Human Rights, 19-20 April
  • series begins with perspectives from South Asia: Building & Woodworkers Intl.; CIVIDEP; FLA South Asia; Godrej Industries; Garment Labour Union; ITC; mines, minerals & people; Natl. Centre for Advocacy Studies; Sustainability
Video: Colombian union leader Gilberto Torres discusses lawsuit against BP over its alleged involvement in his kidnapping, torture by paramilitaries

Commentary: “Can a business ever source responsibly from a war zone?”


  • based on Resource Centre’s mission to post-conflict Sri Lanka
Vacancies at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Iran Foreign Investment Tracking Project Manager (due 3 Apr)
  • IT & Digital Security Volunteer (rolling application)
  • Internships (rolling application)
Professor Surya Deva appointed to the UN Working Group on business & human rights as Asia-Pacific representative Registration for Asia Forum on Business and Human Rights extended until 8 Apr
  • announcement also available in Chinese
KnowTheChain announces 20 ICT firms to be benchmarked on supply chain forced labour, and publishes methodology
  • companies are: Apple, ASML Holding, BOE Technology Group, Broadcom, Canon, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Hitachi, Hon Hai Precision Industry, HP, Intel, Intl. Business Machines, Keyence, Microsoft, Murata Manufacturing, Qualcomm, Samsung, SK Hynix, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Texas Instruments
Nigeria: NGO report alleges "major gas leakage" along Agip pipeline in Bayelsa state, demands cleanup & provision of clean water by company

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria; Africa News Circle

  • we invited Eni (majority shareholder) to respond - response provided
Ethiopia: Oakland Institute claims World Bank repackaged rather than abolished aid programme associated with eviction of indigenous groups to pave way for agribusiness

Oakland Institute

Kenya: Nation Media Group accused of giving in to govt. pressure to restrict freedom of expression after firing cartoonist & journalists; company refutes allegations


USA: Companies mobilise against state laws that would permit & protect discrimination against LGBT people
  • Georgia governor vetoes law that would have protected religious groups refusing to serve LGBT people - opposed by Marriott, IBM, Walt Disney, Time Warner, AMC
  • No. Carolina passes law blocking local anti-discrimination ordinances - opposed by American Airlines, Apple, Biogen, Dow Chemical, PayPal, Red Hat & others
Brazil: Mercury from illegal gold mines is allegedly causing alarming levels of poisoning in Amazon's indigenous communities

Survival Intl.

Members of US Congress call for protection of labour & human rights defenders in Honduras

Intl. Labor Rights Forum

Asia & Pacific
"Under Pressure": Report on labour conditions in Korean factories in Myanmar

Action Labor Rights

Cambodia: Over 40 orgs. raise concern that draft trade union law infringes on rights & call on brands to support a law that complies with ILO conventions

Clean Clothes Campaign, Cambodian Labour Confederation, Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, and others

  • brands include C&A, H&M, Inditex, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Tchibo
China: Thousands of Longmay Mining workers protest over unpaid wages

New York Times

China: Rights groups warn KFC about human rights & environmental concerns as first restaurant in Tibet opens


Indonesia: Union alleges freedom of association & wage concerns in Panarub factory, linked to adidas & Mizuno

Clean Clothes Campaign

  • we invited Mizuno to respond – response provided; previous response by adidas also provided
Europe & Central Asia
Romania: Villagers protest against state coal company Oltenia Energy Complex over health & eviction concerns resulting from its operations

CEE Bankwatch Network

France: Natl. Assembly adopts bill on corporate duty of care in supply chains; NGOs welcome move

European Coalition for Corporate Justice

Finland: Forestry Act reportedly threatens indigenous Sami peoples' land rights & culture by opening up lands to railway construction, mining & forestry

IC Magazine (USA)

Middle East & North Africa
Primark announces increased supply chain checks in Turkey following concerns over exploitation of Syrian workers

RTÉ News

Egypt: "80 Gigawatts of Change" models pathways for the country's energy sector, taking into account social & environmental impacts

Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights; Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Company responses
Forthcoming events:
  • Brazilian dam collapse & corporate accountability (1 Apr, Washington DC)
  • ICAR speaker series: Ellen Dorsey, Wallace Global Fund (4 Apr, Washington DC)
  • forum on forced labour in global supply chains (5 Apr, Kuala Lumpur)
  • seminar: surveillance, business & human rights (5 Apr, London)
  • how business can tackle deforestation (6-7 Apr, Washington DC)
  • human rights impact of illegal gold mining in Latin America (6 Apr, Geneva)
  • business coaching on human rights due diligence (19-20 Apr, Munich; register by 31 Mar)
  • "EU Roadmap to Business & Human Rights Conference" (11 May, Amsterdam; register by 31 Mar)
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