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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 26 January: One year on from Myanmar coup, Total & Chevron withdraw

    26 Jan 2022

    Shell appeal USD1.92b judgment for alleged oil spill in Nigeria which polluted Ejalawa community lands & waterways; Meta’s oversight board recommends independent human rights due diligence assessment into Ethiopia Facebook and Instagram hate speech; Plantations et Huileries du Congo (PHC) allegedly exposed local communities in DRC to toxic waste; Grey's Anatomy-branded scrubs seller Barco Uniforms pays USD1m to striking Industrias Florenzi workers; Hundreds of migrant workers in Malaysia subject to ‘squalid’ onsite living conditions at glove manufacturers owned by Brightway Holdings; Serbian govt. drops plans for Rio Tinto lithium mine following weeks of nationwide protests over environmental & health concerns; Report alleges migrant workers at G4S Qatar continue to incur illegal recruitment fees; and much more

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    Weekly Update 19 January: Brands & retailers respond to 'worst wage theft' documented in global garment industry in Karnataka, India

    19 Jan 2022

    New York Fashion Act requiring fashion brands to disclose human & environmental impact unveiled - NGOs seek stronger labour rights protections; 4,000 Clover dairy workers in South Africa strike over redundancies & wage cuts; Vallourec fined for environmental damage & has activities suspended in Brazil after dike overflows; Nigerian Govt. lift Twitter ban after 7 months; co. didn't comment for article Major highways in Belgrade blocked by protest against lithium mining in Serbia; Dubai Labour Court uses new legal provision to freeze employers' assets in cases of unpaid wages; Residents allege Zululand Anthracite Colliery failed to notify communities of coal slurry spill which polluted water sources; Monsanto pleads guilty to endangering employees with dangerous pesticide in Hawaii - co. to pay USD12m in fines; and much more

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    Weekly Update 12 January: Internet blackout as oil workers lead mass protests in Kazakhstan

    12 Jan 2022

    IOC urged to disclose due diligence taken to eliminate Winter Olympic merchandise materials allegedly produced by Uyghur forced labour; Villagers in Zimbabwe lose eviction battle to pave way for commercial irrigation venture in pivotal 'right to self-determination' court case; Explosion & fire at Imerys chemical deposit in Barcarena, Brazil, cause toxic smoke, town population report damage to health; Chubut province, Argentina, overturns law that was to allow large-scale mining after mass protests; Union members arrested after strike against NagaWorld casino layoffs and paycuts in Cambodia; Civil Society concerned by inclusion of gas & nuclear investments in new EU ‘sustainable finance taxonomy’ rules; Construction co. Gulf House Co. for Trading & Contracting fined & suspended from Qatar Govt. contracts for failing to renew visas or pay salaries for 4 months; and much more

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    Weekly Update 22 December: Civil society win in France duty of vigilance case

    22 Dec 2021

    France's Supreme Court recognises jurisdiction of civil court in case against oil giant Total for alleged crimes in Uganda, in civil society win; Refugees around the world lack COVID-19 vaccines because drug-makers fear side effect lawsuits; Madagascar: Human rights defenders representing fishermen who had protested against Rio Tinto released due to lack of evidence; CSO welcomes verdict; Brazil: Analysis of 30 cases of environmental conflicts finds Vale's corporate social responsibility policy is undermined by its performance; India: Villagers & environmental activists in Odisha charged for opposing JSW steel plant; Armenia: Local residents allege Multi Group Concern’s gold mine has led to soil pollution; Iran: Mine workers join mass nationwide uprising at co. offices in Khuzestan & East Azerbaijan over unfair dismissals, workplace discrimination & unjust conditions; and much more

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    Weekly Update 15 December: Greater rights protections for gig workers in EU & UK

    15 Dec 2021

    EU draft rules set to redefine gig economy workers as employees; UK High Court rules Uber’s business model unlawful; Economic harm to women garment workers in Asia during pandemic directly linked to brands’ irresponsible actions & business model, says report; Ruashi Mining threatens human rights defenders & disseminates false information to avoid responsibility for human rights violations in DRC, says report; Brutal conditions endured by migrant agricultural workers brought to US by alleged labour trafficking network via work visa programme; End of palm oil plantation moratorium will cause increase in land conflicts & deforestation in Indonesia, says NGO; Swiss commodity traders control 2.7 million hectares of land yet fail to take sufficient responsibility for human rights & environment, research alleges; England football team to be briefed on Qatar’s human rights records before deciding whether to protest at 2022 World Cup; and much more

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    Weekly Update 08 December: Indonesian court rules labour rights-threatening Omnibus Bill unconstitutional

    8 Dec 2021

    New BHRRC tea data tracker & briefing outlines need for transparency in supply chains riddled with labour rights abuses; International investors & food retailers failed to act on pledges to divest from Brazil over deforestation, finds Financial Times; Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for USD150bn alleging the co. allowed hate speech against them to spread; Indigenous communities in Zimbabwe resist displacement from ancestral lands by mining companies & allege Govt. is selling land without consultation; ADM, Bunge and Cargill allegedly using soy from farms in Brazil linked to land conflicts & human rights abuses; International banks hold shares in companies affiliated with Myanmar military junta & its conglomerates; French civil court dismisses request from Mexican Indigenous group to halt EDF’s construction of wind farm on procedural grounds; Investigation into deaths of young, healthy Nepali workers in Qatar finds significant shortcomings in data collection, investigations & compensation by govt.; and much more

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    Weekly Update 01 December: Companies called to act on Myanmar junta-planted telecom tower landmines

    1 Dec 2021

    More than 50 people killed in Listvyazhnaya coal mine explosion in Russia, 5 officials charged with violating industrial safety requirements; Over 60 NGOs urge EU to ensure gender-responsive due diligence law on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; Investors sue Meta (formerly Facebook) over alleged false statements regarding techniques targeting young people known to cause anxiety & depression; NGO & community claim Nigerian company Okumu Oil Palm’s social audit certification didn’t investigate allegations of human rights abuses; Government declares mega-projects as ‘national security’ issues to overcome legal, environmental & Indigenous demands, say experts; Repatriation of Kiribati seafarers stranded due to COVID-19 restrictions underway; Norwegian journalists reporting in Qatar on conditions for migrant workers arrested; and much more

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    Weekly Update 24 November: Black Friday strikers lead global push for pay & jobs

    24 Nov 2021

    Indian Govt. repeals three controversial farm laws after a year of farmer protests over concerns laws would allow entry of private players & hurt their income; Working conditions in luxury hotels & Kafala reform under the spotlight as countdown to Qatar World Cup 2022 continues; Constitutional Court upholds High Court decision to halt development of a new coal mine in a strategic water source area in S. Africa; Investigation reveals workers in Brazil face abuse on sugarcane biofuel plantations cleared for US & Europe; Arrival of Formula One in Saudi Arabia & Qatar puts spotlight on rights record of Gulf States; and much more

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    Weekly Update 17 November: Lundin Energy execs charged with Sudan war crimes complicity

    17 Nov 2021

    Countdown to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - new Parallel Portal shines light on labour & human rights abuses behind official promotional materials; UK National Contact Point finds JCB failed to conduct necessary due diligence over equipment used to illegally demolish Palestinian homes; Report finds luxury carmakers BMW and Jaguar Land Rover still sourcing leather linked to deforestation in Paraguay; Police arrest Adivasis & Dalit activists after protests against Hindalco bauxite mine located at sacred shrine; US Court dismisses lawsuit brought against Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Microsoft & Tesla over deaths of children mining cobalt in DRC; Labour rights whistleblower & ex-Supreme Committee employee detained amid ongoing concerns over abuses associated with World Cup Qatar 2022; and much more

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