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简体中文: 中资企业在海外投资

Welcome to our information platform on the social and environmental impacts of Chinese companies operating overseas.  It aims to: raise awareness of existing guidelines; increase transparency; and strengthen accountability.  It is within the broader context of our work encouraing companies headquartered in all regions to respect human rights.  More about the platform.


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13 January 2002

Another Chinese firm [Universe Safety Glass, operating in South Africa] flaunts labour laws [South Africa]

Author: Frank Nxumalo, Business Report [South Africa]

Total disregard of industrial safety regulations, working hours beyond the maximum allowed under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the payment of starvation wages

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5 February 2002

Chinese 'slave ship' in Angola

Author: Justin Pearce, BBC News

Workers on a ship anchored in the port of Luanda have complained of slave-like working conditions on board the Chinese-owned vessel

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21 May 2002

In Khartoum's Oil Pipelines flow Blood [Sudan]

Author: Peter Wanbali, The Nation [Kenya]

Two documents on the Sudan released almost simultaneously last week expose the complexities and contradictions inherent in the search for peace in that country's conflict that has lasted two decades, killed two million people, displaced 4.5 million...

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26 August 2002

Malaysia names builders for controversial mega-dam

Author: Reuters

Malaysia appointed builders last week for its long-delayed $2.4 billion Bakun dam, awarding the deal to a consortium led by a unit of local conglomerate Sime Darby, together with a Chinese infrastructure firm. The hydro-electric power project in...

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4 November 2002

chapter 4 of "Making a Killing: The Business of War": Greasing the Skids of Corruption

Author: Phillip van Niekerk & Laura Peterson, Center for Public Integrity

[refers to money paid by multinational oil companies to Angolan Government ending up in private bank accounts] [includes reference to Marathon Oil Company]...Angola is certainly not unique as a country where conflict and corruption are fueled by...

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1 April 2004

Sudan dam will drown cultural treasures, destroy Nile communities

Author: Ali Askouri, president of Leadership Office of the Hamadab Affected People - in World Rivers Review, reprinted in Sudan Tribune [based in France]

The Merowe Dam, proposed for the Nile in Northern Sudan, demonstrates how not to plan and build a dam in the post-World Commission on Dams era...It will displace more than 50,000 people...have far-reaching environmental consequences, and inundate a...

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27 September 2004

Is Disengagement the Wisest Choice? [Sudan]

Author: Roger Bate & Benjamin Schwab, American Enterprise Institute

As The Economist stated in a fall 2000 report, "The dirty bottom line is that Talisman is helping the Sudan government finance its war." Though difficult to imagine a few years ago, the situation in Sudan has gone from awful to inconceivably worse....

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25 October 2004

Endowment Tied to Sudan - University bought stock in oil firm that activists say helped fuel genocide

Author: Daniel J. Hemel & Zachary M. Seward, Harvard Crimson [USA]

Harvard has invested millions of dollars in a Chinese oil company [PetroChina] whose financial dealings with the Sudanese government, human rights activists say, have funded that regime’s ongoing slaughter of its own people...PetroChina is a spin-off...

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15 November 2004

Harvard's Investment in Sudan Part of a Larger Problem

Author: Bryan J. Auchterlonie, MA candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, in Harvard Crimson

Two weeks ago, the Crimson Staff demanded that the Harvard Management Company (HMC) divest its 72,000 shares of Chinese state-owned energy giant PetroChina because of its oil operations in Sudan...But it is...only a first step...Harvard also holds 10...

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27 December 2004

China and Sudan: Partners in oil -- and warfare?

Author: Peter S. Goodman, Washington Post

But the Chinese laborers are protected: They work under the vigilant gaze of Sudanese government troops armed largely with Chinese-made weapons — a partnership of the world's fastest-growing oil consumer with a pariah state accused of fostering...

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