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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 17 August | Sierra Leone: New business laws gamechanger for land & women's rights

    17 Aug 2022

    Tech components made by major Western firms found in weapons shipped to Russia after invasion began; 10 year anniversary of Marikana massacre in South African; UNDP ‘allied with Colombian hydrocarbon companies to crush opposition & keep oil flowing’, says New York Times; nearly 150,000 workers in Bangladesh at 200+ tea plantations strike for increase from USD1.25 per day wage; 16 dead & more than 60 injured in explosion in Yerevan trading center in Armenia; Gulf Health Council approved clinics allegedly issue fraudulent 'unfit for work' certificates for Bangladeshi migrants & demand 'bribes' to correct; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 10 August | Indigenous Peoples' Day: Call for Indigenous rights in just transition

    10 Aug 2022

    Zimbabwean human rights activist Farai Maguwu allegedly receives death threats after publishing report on gold looting & violence at Redwing Mine in Penhalonga; Local communities, Las Bambas mine & Peruvian Govt. sign agreement to re-initiate dialogue after protracted conflict; Dyson fined UK£1.2m for failing to properly train staff on health & safety after 1.5-tonne machine falls on worker in UK factory; and much more

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    Weekly Update 03 August | Kenya: Govt. & CSOs demand Facebook tackle hate speech pre-election

    3 Aug 2022

    Proposed DRC oil & gas project would be ‘disaster for population, biodiversity & the global climate’, says Greenpeace; US Department of Homeland Security's HART biometric database threatens to violate human & privacy rights at an exponential rate, says report; World Bank watchdog report concludes Indonesian zinc & lead mine backed by China Nonferrous poses ‘extreme’ risks to Indigenous communities & environment; Swiss civil court rules it has jurisdiction & grants legal aid to plaintiffs in case against Syngenta over alleged pesticide poisonings in India; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 27 July | Myanmar: Garment worker abuse exposed 18 months after coup

    27 Jul 2022

    Ukrainian Govt. passes labour ‘liberalisation’ laws prompting fears 70% of workforce will be exempted from workplace protections; Fishermen Association call on Nigerian President to ensure multinational oil giants end environmental degradation & pollution in region; Child labourers found in US Hyundai-subsidiary factory with documented history of health & safety violations; Court orders former TEPCO execs to pay yen 13t (USD 95b) in damages for failure to prevent 2011 Fukushima crisis; 10,000 migrant farm workers still live in exploitative conditions, says report by National Association of Italian Municipalities; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 20 July | Meta's first annual human rights report provokes criticism

    20 Jul 2022

    Ugandan Govt. suspends registration of new ‘labour export’ recruitment agencies until publication of report on safety & wellbeing of migrant workers; Indigenous Pataxó take over a Suzano eucalyptus plantation in Brazil, set fire to it & demand multinational companies leave their land; Unions calls for EU to immediately suspend Everything But Arms trade agreement with Myanmar & for fashion brand to cease production in country; Ukrainian Govt. accuses US & European banks of prolonging war by giving credit to firms trading Russian oil; Investigative journalism platform Blankspot highlights deaths of migrant workers during Qatar World Cup preparations; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 13 July | Uber leaks allegedly expose worker exploitation during co. expansion

    13 Jul 2022

    Shell commits to suspend divestment pending outcome of appeal against order to pay USD1.95b to 88 Nigerian communities for 2019 oil spill; Mariana dam victims granted right to sue BHP for compensation in UK courts; Cambodian garment workers protest for unpaid compensation & wages after closure of Canteran Apparel factory, which reportedly supplies Walmart; Steel producer Posco refuses to reinstate workers fired for joining union, despite court win, alleges IndustriALL; Ben & Jerry’s sues parent company Unilever to stop sale of Israeli business to local licensee to protect brand's social integrity; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 06 July | Peru: Indigenous leader calls for EU & UK laws to prevent corporate abuse

    6 Jul 2022

    Human rights defender Jesús Bañuelos Acevedo killed in attack on group blocking access to ESMex toxic waste dump in Atitalaquia, Mexico; NGO calls for Intl. Accord on safety to be extended to Pakistan; 20,000 worker Telugu film industry strike ends after industry body meets demands incl. pay increase; Meridian Adventure training procedures expose cadets to danger of physical & mental abuse, finds independent investigation; Amazon restricts LGBTQ+ products in UAE following Govt. pressure despite firms 'global commitment' to diversity & inclusivity'; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 29 June | Honduras: International bank payments allegedly linked to Indigenous leader's murder

    29 Jun 2022

    Documents allegedly show links between murder of Berta Cáceres & FMO and Deutsche Bank payments to hydroelectric firms; 2 Caculo Cabaça dam construction workers killed as Angolan police allegedly repress protest for better working conditions; US companies covering travel costs for employees' abortions could face lawsuits, say legal experts; VU Manufacturing auto-parts workers file labour rights complaint under US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement; CSOs call on telecoms firms to work to prevent Myanmar junta’s internet shutdowns, which facilitate military attacks; and much more

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    Weekly Update 22 June | USA: Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act comes into effect

    22 Jun 2022

    EU Govts. & MEPs agree on new social & environmental reporting rules for large companies, incl. non-EU firms with substantial activity in EU markets; Heightened human rights due diligence for business in conflict-affected contexts guide launched by UNDP; BASF subsidiary, gas & oil co. Wintershall, still operating in Russia despite pledge to wind down business in country; incl. co. comments; Access Now calls on 22 companies to respond to human rights concerns over sale of surveillance technologies; Peruvian public prosecutor accuses Intigold Mining of hiring hitmen to murder artisanal miners on its land; Letter from 8 CSOs urges 101 investors to engage firms over alleged funding of Myanmar military via real estate project; and much more...

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