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Weekly Update - 9 December 2015

Lead Story
Philippines: Commission on Human Rights accepts landmark petition - will investigate impacts of carbon majors on climate change & human rights

Reuters; Inquirer (Philippines)


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From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Winter is Coming: How TPP and TTIP threaten to chill positive developments in business and human rights

Ciara Dowd, Legal Research Intern, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Video tutorials: How to explore our Company and Government Action Platforms
Paris COP 21 climate talks: Follow business & human rights
  • read daily blogs from BSR, Intl. Trade Union Confederation
  • catch up on company actions, including 114 companies committing to science-based emission reduction targets
  • follow calls by civil society & others to include human rights perspective in company & govt. actions
  • see also: Where to find Business & Human Rights Resource Centre at COP 21
Oxfam calls on Danone to ensure its climate change policy effectively reduces greenhouse gas emissions & supports small-scale farmers
  • we invited Danone to respond - response provided
Commentary: "Why do we know so little about corporate human rights abuses?"

Margaret Jungk, UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights

Intl. Day for the Abolition of Slavery (2nd Dec): Calls to end modern slavery & human trafficking
  • ILO estimates corporate profits from slavery at USD 150 billion annually
  • UN Secretary-General warns of enslavement & trafficking risks for refugees & migrants
  • Nestlé's action plan to tackle human rights abuses in Thai seafood supply chain welcomed
  • "Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and the FTSE 100: A review of company disclosure and recommendations for investor engagement"
  • Financial Times Seasonal Appeal: "How Human Trafficking Spans the World"
Nigeria: Communities in Bayelsa state suffering from recurrent Nigerian Agip Oil Co. pipeline spills - parliament urges company to clean up spills

News24 Nigeria; Leadership; Premium Times; Daily Independent (Nigeria)

  • Bayelsa state govt. demands that company clean up over 1000 spills by 31 Dec
  • we invited ENI, the controlling shareholder of NAOC, to respond - response provided
Malawi: NomoGaia urges Paladin Energy to "uphold human rights standards" should it close Kayelekera mine
  • we invited Paladin Energy to respond but it did not
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Johannesburg, 4-5 Dec
  • President of China pledges to invest a total of USD 60 billion in Africa, tripling the amount from USD 20 billion announced at previous FOCAC in 2012
UN Working Group on business & human rights to visit Brazil

Brazil: "Rio 2016 - The Exclusion Games" - Dossier on mega-events and human rights violations

World Cup and Olympics Popular Committee of Rio de Janeiro

  • highlights evictions, police violence, labour abuses
Colombia: “Shadow sustainability” report by NGOs raises concerns over Glencore’s fiscal, environmental, labour & resettlement actions

Glencore; Pensamiento y Acción Social, PAS & Arbeitsgruppe Schweiz Kolumbien, ASK

  • includes Glencore's response to the report
USA: Calls for divestment from gun companies in wake of latest mass shooting

Guardian (UK); New York Times; Intercept

  • company transcripts reveal executives discussing mass shootings & the political dynamics that follow them as lucrative
Asia & Pacific
Indonesia: Clean Clothes Campaign rejoinder to adidas & Mizuno - re claims that workers in factory which had been a supplier to both companies were unfairly dismissed in 2012
  • response by adidas to rejoinder provided
  • previous responses by adidas & Mizuno also provided
China: At least 19 labour activists detained by authorities in latest crackdown

Wall Street Journal (USA)

Bangladesh: ActionAid report "Diversify and Conquer" calls for diversification beyond garment industry, for sustainable development

India: 31st anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy - victims still await justice

Asian News Intl.; India Today; Intl. Campaign for Justice in Bhopal; Legally India; The Quint (India); Business Standard (India)

Myanmar: US Govt. announces "work around" regarding sanctions following claims they were "disproportionately" affecting exports

US Department of State; Associated Press 

  • rights groups raise concerns over decision
Europe & Central Asia
An estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees working in Turkey - vulnerable to exploitation


Azerbaijan: 2 killed, 29 missing after SOCAR oil rig fire


UN Special Rapporteur calls on German business & govt. to take lead in reducing hazardous substances globally

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak

Middle East & North Africa
"The Other Migrant Crisis - Protecting Migrant Workers against Exploitation in the Middle East and North Africa"

IOM & Walk Free Foundation

  • 4.08 million Syrian refugees have officially registered their status in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey - and 3.2 million Iraqis have fled ISIS violence in Iraq
Qatar: Amnesty Intl. warns govt. has done too little to address migrant labour abuse
  • with response by Qatar Govt.
Company responses Non-responses
Association For Intl. Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST) to work with Indonesian Govt. to develop human rights based certification standards
Forthcoming events:
  • event on human rights impacts of coal in the global South (Paris, 10 Dec)
  • rountdable on role of business in tackling human rights impacts of climate change (Paris, 10 Dec)
  • event on role of business in climate change, human rights & sustainable development (Paris, 11 Dec)
  • conference on trade, aid & fashion (London, 12 Dec)
  • IHRB report launch & panel: human rights defenders & business (London, 14 Dec)
  • webinar: Danone's work to eliminate deforestation in supply chain (online, 15 Dec)
  • training on access to remedy in EU for victims of corporate abuse (Vienna, 16 Dec)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Alex Janczenia:  
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