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Weekly Update - 11 November 2015

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Myanmar's historic election & what it means for business & human rights 
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Htoo Tay Zar CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
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From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Latest additions to our "Debate the Treaty" blog series Clearing the Southeast Asia haze: experts reflect on possible steps by companies and governments
Explore sessions at UN Forum on Business and Human Rights next week Business community affirms that respect for human rights is a key contribution to sustainable development

BSR, Global Business Initiative, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Intl. Chamber of Commerce, Intl. Council on Mining & Metals, Intl. Organisation of Employers, IPIECA, UN Global Compact, USCIB, World Business Council on Sustainable Development

News on Natl. Action Plans (NAPs) on business & human rights Commentary: How Behind the Brands has driven change in corporate policy

Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam GB

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) invites comments on draft findings & recommendations on enhancing corporate accountability & access to remedy
Nigeria: Advocates remember Ken Saro-Wiwa, convicted of murder & executed 20 years ago after he protested against oil pollution by Shell Land rights Victims of 1998 Kenya terror attack file lawsuit in USA against BNP Paribas for alleged complicity

Daily Nation (Kenya)

Canada: Ontario passes law to end strategic lawsuits stifling freedom of expression on matters of public interest; Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Canada); Canada's Ministry of the Attorney General

  • strategic lawsuits are often used by companies to silence opponents to projects
Brazil: Over 90 orgs support boycott against agribusiness from Mato Grosso do Sul, citing links to abuses against indigenous groups

Boycott Campaign against agribusiness from Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil)

Mexico: Supreme Court rules in favour of indigenous communities’ right to free, prior & informed consent; overturns permit granted to Monsanto for genetically modified soy

La Jornada

Mexico & Central America: Companies identified as “perpetrators” of 22% of abuses against female human rights defenders, according to NGO report

Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders

Asia & Pacific
Pakistan: Plastic bag factory collapse claims at least 44 lives, hundreds remain trapped

IndustriALL; AFP; Associated Press; Reuters

Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) ranks 100 brands on environmental supply chain performance in China

Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) & Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Indonesia: Demonstrators arrested & injured during protest against new law that excludes trade unions from minimum wage setting process


Following our 28 Oct Update: Yangchun Conch Cement Kiln comments on pollution concerns about its plan to build rubbish incinerators near villagers' homes in China

YangJiang Daily (阳江日报

  • original article with company comments in Chinese (unofficial English translation also provided)
Post-event Summary: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Kuala Lumpur)

ASEAN CSR Network & Singapore Management University

Europe & Central Asia
Romania: Govt. resigns amid protests over Colectiv nightclub fire that killed over 30 people

CBC News

Institute for Human Rights and Business analyses human rights opportunities & limitations of EU public procurement directives

Germany: 6 former Heckler & Koch workers on trial over allegations of prohibited arms exports to Mexican state of Guerrero, where 43 students were abducted


Middle East & North Africa
Egyptians Against Coal campaigns to exclude coal use from energy industry by 2017

Daily News (Egypt)

New Qatari reforms won't protect migrant workers, says Human Rights Watch

UAE: Migrant workers protest for higher pay 

Tasnim News Agency

Company responses Non-responses
2015 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights (Geneva, 16-18 Nov)

Other forthcoming events:
  • workshop on UN Guiding Principles reporting framework (Warsaw, 12 Nov)
  • towards a legally binding treaty on business & human rights (Brussels, 12 Nov)
  • roundtable on role of business in responding to needs of refugees (London, 12 Nov)
  • "Enterprise 2020 Summit" (Brussels, 16-17 Nov)
  • launch of the Business and Human Rights Journal (Geneva, 16 Nov)
  • discussion on worker exit from Apple suppliers (New York, 17 Nov)
  • panel on promoting accountability for labour exploitation (London, 17 Nov)
  • Senegal CSR Forum (Dakar, 19-22 Nov)
  • summit on transforming CSR in Qatar (Doha, 23-25 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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