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Weekly Update - 29 October 2014

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Human rights and business in Democratic Republic of Congo

This Friday: “Managing Congo’s Natural Resource Wealth: From Plunder to Shared Prosperity?"
  • 2-4pm New York time – details for RSVP and livestream provided
  • keynote speech by Emmanuel Nkumba of AFREWATCH, introduced by Mary Robinson
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians

Legal Times; Al Jazeera; Washington Post; Center for Constitutional Rights; Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

International Bar Association publishes business & human rights guidance for bar associations & lawyers

Commentary: Supermarkets' struggle for economic survival must not come at expense of human rights

Eniko Horvath, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in Guardian (UK)

"Challenging Corporate Power Through Human Rights": Article by Chris Jochnick of Oxfam America
Kenya: Court temporarily stops compulsory land acquisition for railway construction after locals allege they were not consulted

Business Daily (Kenya)

Swaziland Govt. bans trade unions; IndustriALL urges govt. to revoke decision citing intl. convention on labour rights
Ecuadorian community requests Intl. Criminal Court open investigation of Chevron's CEO over Amazonian oil pollution; includes company comments

Law360; Amazon Watch

USA: Nike says it pressured National Football League to improve handling of domestic abuse by players

Bloomberg (USA)

Asia & Pacific
Thailand: First criminal defamation case against rights defender Andy Hall dismissed – calls to drop 3 remaining cases continue


  • cases against Hall brought by Natural Fruit
Chinese mining group associated with govt. sets social, environmental guidelines for overseas operations

New York Times; Global Witness

  • also provided: Global Witness report on how the guidelines can be used in the context of conflict minerals
Myanmar: Karen army leader links current fighting to govt. effort to “clamp down” on opposition against development projects, including Salween dam

Karen News

Thailand: Tungkum must drop defamation charges against villagers who exposed company’s alleged abuses, says FORUM-ASIA

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

Sri Lanka: Clean Clothes Campaign rejoinder calls on Bata to engage with former supplier to resolve conflict with workers allegedly fired for union activity
  • we invited Bata to respond; response provided
Europe & Central Asia
Finland publishes National Action Plan on business & human rights

Hungary: Thousands protest against tax on internet usage citing limits to free speech & internet access

Bloomberg; Register (UK)

Azerbaijan: P&G responds to civil society letter urging Baku 2015 European Games sponsors to consider human rights impacts 
  • Also: follow-up letters to BP, McDonald's by Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business
Company responses
Register: 2014 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (Geneva, 1-3 Dec)

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • registration open until 24 Nov
Forthcoming events:
  • law & international development training course (London, Nov-Mar)
  • human rights impact and accountability of German corporations (Berlin, 4 Nov)
  • book launch: "The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage" (London, 4 Nov)
  • "2014 European Pro-Bono forum" (London, 5-7 Nov)
  • lecture on finance, sovereign debt and human rights (Warwick, 5 Nov)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Sam Whannel:
Current vacancies: Further details and other recently posted jobs available here.  Please send job announcements to Sam Whannel:
El Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos (CIEDH) convoca postulaciones para un/a Investigador/a y Representante para México, Centroamérica, y el Caribe

América Latina: Audiencias de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos retomarán cuestiones de empresas y derechos humanos

EFE y La Verdad (Venezuela)

Colombia: Congresistas convocan audiencia pública sobre impactos sociales y ambientales de mina La Colosa, de AngloGold Ashanti

Unidad Legislativa Representante Alirio Uribe (Colombia)

Costa Rica: Por protestas contra concesión a APM Terminals, que reduciría la fuerza laboral, 32 sindicalistas detenidos por la policía

ADN 90.7 Radio (Costa Rica)

Perú: Indígenas demandarán la titulación de territorios ancestrales ante amenaza por tala y minería ilegal

Aidesep (Perú)

Venezuela: Mujeres indígenas denuncian amenazas por minería en sus territorios ancestrales, con impactos en la salud y el agua

Provea (Venezuela)

Venezuela: Trabajadores de filial de PDVSA protestan por ajustes salariales y parálisis de operación de la empresa

Correo del Caroní (Venezuela)

Guatemala: Misión de verificación de situación de comunidades que se oponen a cementera dice que en vez de consultar a comunidades, éstas han sido más reprimidas

Prensa Indígena y Campesina (Guatemala)

Perú: Estudio dice que las empresas “formales” no consideran que discriminan laboralmente por razones de etnia o género

Semana Económica (Perú)

Colombia: Empresas galardonadas con el Premio Emprender Paz por su contribución a comunidades afectadas por el conflicto armado

Emprender Paz (Colombia)

Japon : La Cour suprême se prononce pour la 1e fois sur la discrimination liée à la grossesse au travail

ats (Agence télégraphique suisse)

Guatemala : Un rapport d’une ONG souligne les impacts sociaux des grands projets extractifs sur les communautés indigènes

CCFD-Terre Solidaire (France)

Accaparement des terres : Une négociation s’engage entre le groupe Bolloré et les riverains de ses plantations en Afrique et en Asie

Observatoire des Multinationales

Atlas Copco démontre comment elle tient compte de ses performances sociales et environnementales, notamment en responsabilisant ses fournisseurs

L'Usine Nouvelle (France)

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