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1 December 2005

[DOC] Examples of companies’ impacts on a range of human rights issues

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The table below lists a range of human rights issues for business. For each issue, it provides an example of a positive company initiative and an example of an alleged abuse....

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17 November 2005

Business Booms for Contract Interrogators

Author: Pratap Chatterjee, managing editor of CorpWatch, for Inter Press Service

The issue of private contractors conducting interrogations first came to light in mid-2004... When the media began to question the role of the private contractors..., the Pentagon swiftly issued sole-source ("no bid") military contracts to CACI and...

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31 October 2005

Senator Feinstein's Now-Withdrawn Statute Limiting Non-Citizens' Tort Claims: How Would It Have Affected Abu-Ghraib-Related Civil Suits and Other Similar Civil Actions?

Author: Anthony J. Sebok, Professor, Brooklyn Law School

On October 18, Senator Diane Feinstein introduced the Alien Tort Statute Reform Act...Business groups praised Feinstein but she was attacked by human rights and labor groups. Within a week, Feinstein had withdrawn her amendment...Feinstein's proposed...

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27 October 2005

U.S. Tightens Rules for Contractors in Combat Zones

Author: Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg

The Pentagon has tightened the rules for its contractors in combat zones to increase their security, improve coordination with the U.S. military and guard against abuses such as those that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq...Four private...

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28 September 2005

Contracting faulted in Abu Ghraib abuse

Author: Roxana Tiron, The Hill [USA]

[US] Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) blasted the Pentagon’s practice of “off-loading” contracts to other federal agencies and said that an instance of this practice may have led to the mistreatment of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq...Levin...

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9 August 2005

Lack of Abu Ghraib abuse charges queried [Iraq]

Author: UPI

Human rights groups are questioning why no civilian contractors have been charged with abuses at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. A Pentagon investigation last year said "several of the alleged perpetrators of the abuse of detainees" were private...

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1 August 2005

Report says most Canadian extractive companies need to do more to keep up with intl. human rights law (4 companies said to be ahead of others are Talisman, Nexen, Enbridge, Alcan)

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1 August 2005

[PDF] full report: "Canadian Energy and Mining Companies Navigating International Humanitarian Law in the 21st Century"

Author: Ethical Funds

[refers to Titan (now L-3 Titan, part of L-3 Communications), Caci, Unocal (now part of Chevron). Report is based on survey of companies in Canada's S&P/TSX Composite Index]

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21 April 2005

Abu Ghraib Translator Unschooled in Geneva Conventions

Author: Leon Worden, Santa Clarita Signal [USA]

More than a year after he gave it, John B. Israel's [translator for subcontractor to Titan] sworn testimony in the initial [US] Army investigation of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal has found its way into the public domain. [quotes John Israel...

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10 February 2005

Private armies march into a legal vacuum

Author: Thomas Catan, Financial Times

...a handful of legal cases in the US are beginning to define the legal boundaries under which [private military] companies can operate...Although they differ in their specifics, the cases are "all about figuring out the limits of accountability in...

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