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2 Jun 2020

Briefings & Reports

This section contains annual, biannual, quarterly and regional bulletins published by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Buffering rights: How Europe's new due diligence regulation can help reverse tech rights risks

Europe’s welcome draft Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive has enormous potential to insist the tech sector transforms itself to end abuse, and contributes to shared prosperity and effective democracy. We look at the key areas in need of improvement to strengthen the draft Directive and shape a rights-respecting tech sector.

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Resistance, harassment and intimidation: Garment worker abuse under Myanmar's military rule

Since Myanmar's military illegally seized power in 2021, garment workers have been on the front line of the Civil Disobedience Movement, risking their lives and livelihoods to demand an end to the dictatorship and to restore democracy. This briefing looks at over 100 cases of alleged labour and human rights abuse against garment workers at Myanmar factories producing for at least 32 major global brands and retailers.

Wake-up call: Exploitative recruitment risk to migrant workers in Qatar's World Cup hotels

We asked 30 hotel brands representing over 115 hotel properties in Qatar to respond to questions about their operations, human rights due diligence and recruitment practices. The research revealed luxury hotel brands in Qatar are not doing enough to end abusive recruitment practices which have left migrant workers struggling under the pressure of debt and low wages ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Business and human rights litigation in Latin America: Lessons from practice

Strategic litigation has become a crucial tool to hold business accountable for human rights abuse—but those who seek justice face significant obstacles. We take a closer look at strategic litigation in Latin America, analysing trends from our lawsuit database and bringing together perspectives and resources to develop a strategic litigation toolbox.

Drying up: Tracking the environmental and human rights harms caused by hydropower in the Caucasus and Central Asia

As the climate crisis urges a shift to more sustainable resources to meet growing energy needs in Central Asia and the Caucasus, a fast and fair transition to wind, solar and hydropower is essential. But our research on allegations of abuse in Armenia, Georgia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan reveals unnecessary harm linked to the hydropower industry which calls for a transformation of approach by investors and lenders in the region, as well as companies.

Fast and fair renewable energy for Africa: Lessons from Kenya

As the energy transition gathers pace in Africa, we look at case studies from Kenya which highlight the opportunities of embracing green energy for businesses, states and local communities – and the abuse, delays and project suspensions companies and investors risk when they fail to address human rights.

Russian invasion of Ukraine: Analysis of companies' human rights due diligence

Businesses operating in conflict zones are not neutral actors, even when they do not take sides – heightened human rights due diligence with a conflict-sensitive approach is imperative. We asked 330 companies active in Ukraine and/or Russia about due diligence. The findings indicate widespread business failure to address human rights risks.

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