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1 November 2011

Liberia: SOMO & Green Advocates report reveals negative impacts of Buchanan Renewables’ operations on livelihood of smallholder farmers & charcoal producers

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1 November 2011

[PDF] Burning Rubber: Buchanan Renewables' Impact on Sustainable Development in Liberia

Author: Green Advocates & SOMO

Buchanan Renewables...While the company actively promoted its business model of producing biomass from old unproductive rubber trees as a sustainable one, it also received criticism due to the fact that smallholder rubber farmers were not benefitting...

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31 October 2011

[radio & article] For Liberia, Natural Resources Are Blessings, Curses on Road to Democracy

Author: Kira Kay, PBS Newshour

Transcript:Liberia...is rich in oil, diamonds, timber, and much more. That's been both a blessing and a challenge for the fledgling democracy...Liberia was a major iron ore exporter back in the 1970s, but the industry collapsed during a succession of...

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18 July 2011

The Global Lawyer: Corporate Alien Tort Rouses from Its Deathbed

Author: Michael D. Goldhaber, Am Law Daily [USA]

…[US Court of Appeals judges] Richard Posner…and…Judith Rogers…[have] lined up behind corporate liability for human rights violations under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute…[which] was snuffed out in the Second Circuit in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum...

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13 July 2011

Firestone wins Liberian child labor case in US

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters Africa

A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit accusing the Firestone tire company of illegally using child labor in Liberia, but found that U.S. law allows companies to be held liable for human rights abuses abroad…Judge Richard Posner…rejected claims...

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11 July 2011

[PDF] 10-3675 : Boimah Flomo v. Firestone Natural R - Opinion (Posner)

Author: United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Posner, Circuit Judge. This suit under the Alien Tort Statute…pits 23 Liberian children against the Firestone Natural Rubber Company, which operates a…rubber plantation in Liberia…The district court granted summary judgment in favor of all the...

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10 June 2011

Victims and courts fight to hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses, challenging Kiobel [USA]

Author: Marco Simons, EarthRights International

[O]n May 18, a federal court in Illinois declined to follow Kiobel. In a case involving Hungarian Jews who allege theft of their property by Hungarian banks during the Holocaust, the court allowed claims of "[g]enocide by looting and aiding and...

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7 June 2011

[Video] Firestone, Rubber and Labor in Liberia

Author: Ed Robbins, Time

Firestone's [part of Bridgestone] latex operation is Liberia's biggest private employer. The company has drawn criticism for past labor practices, but now partners with government to improve conditions

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24 May 2011

Liberia looks to save its rainforests by barcoding trees

Author: Fred Pearce, Guardian [UK]

A decade ago, Liberia's forests were being stripped bare by warlords to fund a vicious 14-year civil war that left 150,000 dead...[Now,] government...has signed a deal with the European Union to place timber sales on a permanently legal footing. The...

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10 February 2011

[PDF] Business & human rights in Anglophone Africa – A round-up of recent developments

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This briefing highlights reports from a range of sources about how businesses have impacted human rights, positively and negatively, in Anglophone Africa over the past year... [Headings:] Examples of the “resource curse” ...HIV/AIDS and TB...Dams:...

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