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Australia: New report alleges Australian companies' involvement in human rights violations overseas

1 December 2018

A report (linked below) by the Human Rights Law Centre, Nowhere to Turn: Addressing Australian corporate abuses overseas, documents the activities of Australian companies overseas allegedly linked to human rights violations, and presents recommendations for reform.

Nowhere to Turn

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Curtain Bros, a company cited in the report but not yet having made a public statement in response to the allegations against it, to provide a response about claims the company was involved in forced evictions of residents in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Curtain Bros did not respond to us. The other companies cited in the report have public statements about the allegations on record. 

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Company non-response
24 January 2019

Curtain Bros did not respond

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Curtain Bros to respond to a report - Nowhere to Turn - citing the company's involvement in forced evictions in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The company did not respond.

24 January 2019

Nowhere to Turn: Addressing Australian corporate abuses overseas

Author: Human Rights Law Centre

1 December 2018

In recent years, some of Australia’s most prominent companies...have been implicated in serious human rights violations overseas.

...This report shines a spotlight on ten cases of serious violations involving Australian companies operating in different countries and industries. It tracks the impacts of those violations on local people and their uphill struggle to pursue justice and remedy.

These stories paint a devastating picture not only of corporate wrongdoing but also of corporate impunity.

...Attempts by communities to take legal action through the Australian courts have likewise faced enormous legal, procedural and cost hurdles and have rarely succeeded.

...Australian government action is urgently needed to prevent such abuses, ensure that serious crimes committed by Australian companies or their employees overseas are prosecuted and that communities can obtain justice and remedy in Australia where they cannot do so locally.

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