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5 May 2011

Certification: The Path to Conflict-Free Minerals from Congo

Author: Sasha Lezhnev and David Sullivan, Enough Project

In order to inform certification efforts on conflict minerals, this report gleans lessons from other certification processes, including those for fair labor, blood diamonds, forestry, and oil revenue transparency...[According to the report,] a...

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2 May 2011

New Report - From Red to Green Flags

Author: Institute for Human Rights & Business

Companies operating in weak governance zones or dysfunctional states face multiple human rights risks, and their actions may pose risks to others. Building on the UN endorsed Protect, Respect, Remedy framework on business and human rights, this new...

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15 March 2011

"Conflict no excuse for business to act irresponsibly" [Libya]

Author: Mary Robinson, Institute for Human Rights and Business

[There are] at least two areas of pressing need where corporations should play a role in ensuring better protection [of employees] in the future. First, employers, joint venture partners, and buyers must undertake stronger human rights due diligence,...

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11 March 2011
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Author: "BBVA sin armas" - Centro de Estudios por la Paz J.M.Delàs, Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalización (ODG), SETEM [España]

La campaña "BBVA sin armas"…ha participado esta mañana…en la Junta General de Accionistas del BBVA, donde ha puesto en evidencia…la continuada relación entre este banco español y la producción de armas controvertidas…A pesar…de que éste ha puesto en...

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2 March 2011

International Companies Abandon Migrant Workers in Libyan Crisis

Author: Migrant rights

Thousands of Asian migrant workers have been left to ‘fend for themselves’ in riot-hit Libya after their employers abandoned them. Many of these workers work as unskilled labourers in the construction sector…Kabir, who was working for a foreign...

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10 January 2011

Global Witness proposes new framework that could close legal loopholes which allow corporate crimes in conflict zones

Author: Global Witness

“Simply Criminal: Targeting Rogue Business in Violent Conflict”, a new briefing paper published by Global Witness...shows how the prosecutions of rogue businesses operating in situations of widespread violence can be made easier...The proposed...

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1 January 2011
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Author: Camilo González Posso, Indepaz [Colombia]

Este estudio es...[una] base para elaborar recomendaciones a las empresas extractivas europeas encaminadas a propiciar una gestión sensible a los conflictos y a los derechos humanos. Las conclusiones centrales reiteran la importancia que desde la Unión...

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10 November 2010

[PDF] MERCENARIES, MERCENARISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Author: Melik Özden, CETIM's Human Rights Programme, Permanent representative to the U.N.

The aim of this Report is to analyse the problems posed by mercenarism. We also describe the measures already taken or proposed, in particular within the United Nations, to stamp out this phenomenon which has a detrimental impact on the enjoyment of...

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1 November 2010

[PDF] Money Makers as Peace Makers? Business Actors in Mediation Processes

Author: Andrea Iff, Damiano Sguaitamatti, Rina M. Alluri, Daniela Kohler, swisspeace

...peace mediation includes a variety of actors, ranging from states, international organizations, NGOs to the private sector. Despite a growing number of practical examples for business engagement in conflict transformation, there are only a few...

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5 October 2010

Practice note 6: Natural Resource Governance in Conflict-Affected Contexts

Author: Holger Grundel, International Alert

Where natural resources have been an important driver of conflict, they need to be treated as a key element of peacebuilding. Failure to do so at this crucial stage is likely to delay the return to long-term peace and stability, increase the risk of a...

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