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    Weekly Update 9 June: G7 - landmark deal to tax multinationals

    9 Jun 2021

    New analysis on the human rights policies & performance of 30 extractives companies in Armenia, Georgia & Kazakhstan; blog series marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles; more than 45 MEPs call for charges against security guard & activist Malcolm Bidali to be dropped & greater protection of migrant rights; Intertek audit failed to detect forced labour at Brightway glove factory in Malaysia where state inspectors later found workers in modern slavery conditions; and more.

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    Weekly Update 2 June: Climate justice win as Dutch court orders Shell to cut carbon emissions

    2 Jun 2021

    Multi-pronged efforts at board, investor & court levels force companies into taking climate action; Mexican Supreme Court suspends PAPO's industrial pig farm until trial resolves, ruling in favour of Mayan children of Homún in Yucatan; Indian civil rights group alleges authorities' complicity in human rights violations & forcible takeover of land for solar power project; UK unions urge companies to withdraw alleged "fire & rehire" threats, calling on govt. to outlaw the practice; and more.

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    Weekly Update 26 May: Apparel brands pressed to act as end of Bangladesh Accord looms

    26 May 2021

    KnowTheChain ranking finds apparel & footwear companies fail to safeguard supply chain workers from forced labour risks; International labour movement takes up Palestinian trade unions’ call for solidarity; Women agricultural workers in Mexico face precarious working conditions including harm to maternal health; Apple faces concerns over privacy & labour issues in China; and more.

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    Weekly Update 19 May: Palestine: Rights groups accuse tech companies of censorship

    20 May 2021

    BHRRC denounces state violence in Colombia; Rights groups call on Qatar govt. to reveal whereabouts of detained Kenyan worker & human rights activist; Pressure mounts on Bangladesh Accord signatories to extend & expand the Accord; Calls intensify for intellectual property rules around COVID-19 vaccines to be waived; Petra Diamonds reaches settlement with 71 claimants for human right abuses at Tanzanian subsidiary; Restaurant workers protest & strike against poor working conditions & low wages at McDonald's, Chipotle and more in the US amid COVID-19 pandemic; After four years on ship abandoned in UAE, stranded sailors leave vessel with 70% of unpaid wages, and more.

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    Weekly Update 12 May: Brazil: Amazon land sales on Facebook & other encroachments trigger public & business opposition

    12 May 2021

    New company profiles illuminate human rights concerns across technology sector; Investors with $5.8 trillion in assets urge 106 companies scoring zero on due diligence in 2020 CHRB to act on results; Haitian GOSTTRA union negotiates landmark compensation for garment workers after factory failure to contribute to health coverage leads to deaths; FIFA responds to calls from European football associations to ensure human rights are respected ahead of Qatar World Cup; Instagram, Twitter blame glitches for deleting Palestinian eviction posts, rights groups express concerns over discrimination; and more.

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    Weekly Update 5 May: Labour Day - protests for wages & protections around the world

    5 May 2021

    Report reveals patterns of criminalisation & killings of Indigenous Peoples defending their lands against companies; Pandora drops mined diamonds for lab-generated ones; over 500 families affected by 2015 Mariana dam collapse in Brazil remain without housing; Polish Govt. extends mining concession for controversial coal mine until 2044; and more.

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    Weekly Update 28 April: Garment worker protections at risk 8 years on from Rana Plaza disaster

    28 Apr 2021

    Major banks spending $3.8 trillion in fossil fuel financing despite calls for climate action; Friends of the Earth urge UK govt. to abandon £750 million plan to support gas export terminal in Mozambique over fears the project is exacerbating conflict; Extractive industries putting Indigenous rights at risk in Brazil; 50 companies call for draft German due diligence law to be strengthened in parliament; and more.

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    Weekly Update 21 April: Alleged tailings dam burst in Brazil spotlights mining risks

    21 Apr 2021

    Spotlight on seven human rights defenders putting themselves at risk to seek corporate accountability in Kazakhstan; International groups call for action as crackdowns against pro-democracy protestors & labour activists in Myanmar continue; Indigenous peoples in Ecuador ask for reparations over Petroecuador & OCP oil spills impacts on their ancestral lands; Philippines Govt. lifts nine-year moratorium on granting new mining permits & groups warn of escalation of threats to the environment & defenders; Women workers from Sri Lanka unlawfully detained for months in Saudi Arabia due to Kafala system; and more

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    Weekly Update 14 April: Historic vote against unionisation at Amazon US warehouse, as workers go on strike against company internationally

    14 Apr 2021

    Analysis of 700 cases of wage theft against migrant workers during COVID-19 finds construction & hospitality workers most frequently impacted; Report links Canadian retailers to Bangladeshi suppliers paying poverty wages; Mexican organisations urge govt. to consult indigenous communities & respect rights in industrial pig farm development in Yucatán Peninsula; Mongolia becomes first country in Asia to adopt law protecting human rights defenders, law is also binding on private sector; and more.

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