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27 April 2010
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Author: AFP

Un tribunal zimbabwéen a autorisé la vente des diamants provenant de mines où de graves violations des droits de l'homme ont été signalées, a rapporté aujourd'hui la presse gouvernementale. Selon le journal The Herald, un tribunal a autorisé la vente...

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24 March 2010

Tracing the bitter truth of chocolate and child labour

Author: BBC Panorama

In an investigation into the supply chain that delivers much of the chocolate sold in the UK - more than half a million tonnes a year - the BBC found evidence of human trafficking and child slave labour. Panorama also found that there is no guarantee,...

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23 February 2010

Rights group seeks Marange diamonds ban [Zimbabwe]

Author: Mxolisi Ncube, Zimbabwe Times

[Human Rights Watch]...this week warned that the Kimberley Process was in danger of becoming irrelevant following its failure to ban diamonds mined from Marange in eastern Zimbabwe...HRW said Zimbabwe’s diamonds were being mined under conditions of...

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15 February 2010

Metals in mobile phones financing brutal war in Congo

Author: Global Witness

Metals found in everyday electronics items, such as mobile phones and computers, are being mined illegally in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and funding a conflict that has caused millions of deaths, said Global Witness on the opening...

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12 February 2010
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Author: RTL [Luxembourg]

Près de 99,5 pc du chocolat belge vendu dans les grandes surfaces contient du cacao récolté par des enfants-esclaves, affirme Oxfam qui demande aux producteurs belges d'utiliser des fèves de cacao provenant du commerce équitable... Les petits fermiers...

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11 September 2009

Embassy guards visited sex-slave brothels, whistleblower claims

Author: Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service [USA]

A former director for a private security firm responsible for guarding the U.S. Embassy in Kabul says he was fired for repeatedly warning his superiors that company managers and guards frequented brothels staffed by Chinese sex slaves, and that U.S....

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11 September 2009

September 2009 EarthRights reports re Burma & company responses

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

EarthRights International published two reports in September 2009 alleging links between Chevron and Total's Yadana gas pipeline in Burma, and human rights abuses there. The reports also alleged that government revenues from the Yadana gas pipeline...

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10 September 2009
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Author: Arnaud Vaulerin, Libération [France]

Total est à nouveau rattrapé par ses liens troubles avec la junte birmane. Dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui, que Libération a pu lire en avant-première, l’ONG américano-thaïlandaise Earth Rights International (ERI) accuse le géant pétrolier français...

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14 August 2009

Burmese villagers 'forced to work on Total pipeline'

Author: Rajeshree Sisodia and Andrew Buncombe, Independent [UK]

Total is at the centre of allegations that Burmese villagers are being used as forced labour to help support a huge gas pipeline...Testimony from villagers and former soldiers gathered by human rights workers suggests that Burmese soldiers, who...

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29 September 2008

Jade trade in Myanmar thrives on exploitation, rights abuses

Author: Rajeshree Sisodia, The National [UAE]

…Around 20,000 people from across Myanmar migrate or are forced to work for hundreds of [Imperial green jade] mine companies that operate in Hpakant…collecting the precious stone has become little more than a ticket to a life of exploitation, poverty...

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