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Company non-response
13 April 2011

Xiamen C & D Corp. (previously Xiamen Construction and Development Corp.) did not respond to: New film pm 2009 violence, killings at Zijin Mining’s Rio Blanco project

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26 March 2011

'Chinese invasion': old foes police a new frontier [Namibia]

Author: Kevin Bloom & Richard Poplak, Times [So. Africa]

Namibia's construction industry, along with its allies in the unions, is preparing for an unprecedented showdown with Chinese firms that, they claim, are operating outside the law..."The problem we have with the Chinese is that they do not respect our...

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Company response
21 March 2011

China Railway Construction response regarding allegations of human rights abuses related to the activities of its subsidiary Corriente Resources in Ecuador

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Translation of the original company response in Chinese provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] My company participates and invests in Ecuador’s copper project. We are currently undertaking preliminary research projects and have not...

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2 March 2011

Chinese construction firms will fuel deadly conflicts along Africa’s rivers

Author: Ikal Angelei & Samuel Maina in Daily Nation [Kenya]

The involvement of Chinese companies in the Gibe III Dam on the Omo River, Ethiopia, seems endless. The latest entry into this largely unpopular and potentially catastrophic project is Sinohydro...This dam is being built on the ancestral lands of the...

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19 January 2011

New Chinese dam project fuels ethnic conflict in Sudan

Author: Peter Bosshard, International Rivers [US]

Dams have impoverished tens of thousands of people and triggered serious human rights violations in Sudan. Now Chinese companies have won contracts to build three more hydropower projects in the country…[that] would displace more than 10,000 people...

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8 June 2010

Workers accuse Chinese company of maltreatment [Ghana]

Author: Ghana News Agency

Tension is mounting among the 221 Ghanaian workforce of the China Jiangxi International and Technical Cooperation (CJIC) engaged on the Akatsi-Tadzewu-Dzodze-Akanu road over alleged bad treatment by the Chinese management. The workers accused...

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2 March 2010

China silent to appeals from across the globe to halt dam on Irrawaddy River

Author: Kachin Development Networking Group

...the Chinese government has failed to reply to numerous public appeals from affected peoples...highlighting concerns including the forced displacement of 15,000 people and the likelihood of a disastrous dam break in an earthquake-prone area...The...

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26 January 2010

Chinese firm criticised for working conditions [Dem. Rep. of Congo]

Author: AFP

A Chinese construction group [China Railway Engineering (CREC)] is inflicting "unacceptable" working conditions on its Congolese labourers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a leading African human rights group [African Association for the Defence...

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12 January 2010

3 Chinese arrested over factory accident in India

Author: Ashok Sharma, AP

Three Chinese engineers have been arrested and charged in the deaths of 40 factory workers killed when a chimney collapsed at the power plant they were building in central India… The power plant, owned by Bharat Aluminum, or BALCO [part of Vedanta...

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21 December 2009

Black day for Burma’s Irrawaddy: junta ministers host Myitsone dam “celebration”

Author: Burma Rivers Network

Hundreds of local villagers were forced to greet the Minister of Electric Power and Minister of Energy today at an official “celebration” ceremony to launch the construction of China’s Myitsone dam, which will…impact millions living along Burma’s main...

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