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Weekly Update - 4 January 2017

Lead Story
Bangladesh: Labour leaders detained amid worker protests for higher wages

Guardian (UK); Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety; Clean Clothes Campaign

  • Clean Clothes Campaign says detentions "apparently arbitrary", says brands should urge govt. to halt repression
  • Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety also “deeply troubled” by detentions
Garment factory workers protest in Dhaka on 23 December. A week-long shutdown at 50 factories ended on Tuesday.
(photo credit: Abir Abdullah/EPA)
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From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, in Ethical Corporation

Blog: 3 entry points to implement the German National Action Plan

Isabel Ebert, Western Europe Researcher & Representative

Current vacancies at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
G20 business & finance advisory panel urges companies to disclose how CEO pay is linked to climate risk
  • highlights actions by Enel, Essar Oil, Fortum
Advertising & marketing to children - new report analyses 37 countries' regulatory frameworks

DLA Piper, commissioned by UNICEF

New indicators for human rights impact of business

Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF)

  • aim to strengthen company actions to respect human rights & govt. protection of rights
'Shrinking civic space', including in relation to role of private sector, will be top civil society demand to G20 in 2017

C20 civil society coalition

Nigeria: Court orders ExxonMobil to pay USD 32 million compensation to Lagos communities over 1998 oil spill

The News (Nigeria); Kallanish Energy

Tanzania: Video of Zakaria Nyamakomo, paralysed from injuries allegedly caused by police beating at North Mara mine

Rights and Accountability in Development (UK)

Honduras: Garifuna people's land "under siege" from Indura & Banana Coast tourist projects, some local leaders killed - new documentary on their struggle

CGTN America

Brazil: Migrant labourers work in "slave-like" conditions in São Paulo's garment sector, some brands are prosecuted - new documentary exposes extent of abuse

Al Jazeera

Asia & Pacific
Cambodia: New Environmental Code described as “most comprehensive piece of human rights legislation”, but others doubtful it will bring change

Cambodia Daily

New Zealand: Study finds migrant workers widely exploited in horticultural, hospitality and other sectors

Univ. of Auckland and Human Trafficking Research Coalition

China: Fishermen from Shandong province sue ConocoPhillips over impacts on livelihoods of 2011 oil spill

Global Times

Vietnam: Over 1000 villagers file complaints with authorities over alleged slow, unfair compensation for harms caused by Formosa Plastics’ toxic chemical spill

Radio Free Asia

Myanmar: Villagers suing Myanmar Pongpipat over environmental & health impacts of Heinda tin mine still seeking justice 


  • victims appealed dismissal of lawsuit arguing that the time limitation does not apply as the harm is continuing
  • also available: summary profile of lawsuit
Europe & Central Asia
UK: Home Office identifies possible victims of modern slavery while investigating illegal immigration in nail salons

Guardian (UK)

Commentary: How the world of work & workers' rights changed in the UK in 2016

Guardian (UK)

  • highlights improvements & risks for workers' rights, such as: living wage, gender pay gap, gig economy, automation, Brexit
Middle East & North Africa
Jordan: Syrian refugees face barriers to access legal work

Deutsche Welle 

Lebanon: Govt. issues warning against employing underaged workers in agricultural sector

The Daily Star (Lebanon)

Company responses Non-responses
Call for inputs: Draft General Comment of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the State obligations under the ICESCR in the context of business activities (deadline 20 Jan)

Consultation on OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Business Conduct (deadline 9 Feb)
Forthcoming events:
  • course: human rights & Asia, includes business & human rights (9-20 Jan, Seoul)
  • online course on decent work in global supply chains (starts 12 Jan, online)
  • initial reflections on new US Natl. Action Plan (12 Jan, Washington DC)
  • jobs, wages & skills for inclusive industrial growth (18 Jan, London)
  • roundtable discussion on human rights in the big data era (27 Jan, Brussels)
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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  • Columbia Law School (Clinical Teaching Fellowship 2017-2019)
  • Danish Institute for Human Rights (Internship, Human rights & Business programme)
  • Intl. Institute for Environment and Development (Senior Researcher)
  • UNICEF (Consultancy: Child Rights & Business Partnerships Manager)
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