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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 29 May | EU: Transformative due diligence law finally & formally adopted

    29 May 2024

    Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territory: CSOs file criminal complaint in the Netherlands against Booking.com for allegedly profiting from illegal Israeli settlement listings | S. Africa: Security clash with protestors after death of man locked in Shoprite cold room triggers demonstrations | Brazil: Investigation concludes major companies bought carbon credits from suspected illegal timber laundering scheme | Indonesia: Delong Nickel accused of restricting workers' freedom through 'systematic wage withholding', arbitrary fines & sexual harassment | UK: Leading supermarkets asked to meet costs of implementing the Employer Pays Principle across supply chains | Egypt: Luxury perfume supply chains linked to child labour | and much more…

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    Weekly Update 22 May | Russia: JCB continued supplying country months after Ukraine invasion

    22 May 2024

    Israel/ OPT: Indian munitions companies continue to ship products to Israel amid war on Gaza | US: 26 textile firms added to US forced labour list due to alleged link with labour camps in Xinjiang | DRC: US Development Finance Institution employee allegedly fired for raising human rights concerns over Lobito Corridor infrastructure project | Brazil: Thousands affected by historic floods, incl. lost lives, homes & livelihoods | Cambodia: Land rights CSO's report reveals communities' concerns over forced eviction & lack of access to land titles | EU: CSO report warns of social & environmental risks of transition minerals trade policies | and much more…

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    Weekly Update 15 May | India: Meta hosting ads disseminating election misinformation

    15 May 2024

    Israel/OPT: CSO reveals YouTube's policies restricted Palestinian content & permitted ads fuelling incitement against Palestinians amid Israel's war on Gaza | Austria: Criminal complaint accuses oil giant OMV AG executives of complicity in Sudan war crimes | Zimbabwe: Displaced families say compensation agreements remain unfulfilled as global giant continues to exploit lithium | USA: Case against Ornua on 'forever chemicals' in Kerrygold packaging can proceed, judge rules | China: Workers employed by Shein suppliers reportedly face poor working conditions 3 years after investigation | UK: Thousands of migrant care workers told to leave after employers lose their sponsorship licenses | Bahrain: Govt. blames exploited migrant fishers for declining stocks, while employers avoid accountability | and much more…

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    Weekly Update 8 May | USA: Chiquita faces trial for Colombian paramilitary financing

    8 May 2024

    Egypt: Organi Group's Hala Tourism reportedly 'extorting' millions out of Palestinians fleeing Gaza | Sierra Leone: Carbon offset project allegedly violates land laws & fails to gain free, prior & informed consent | USA: Johnson & Johnson proposes USD6.5b settlement to resolve talc cancer lawsuits | Malaysia: FGV workers 'stranded' for 5 years as passports withheld amid delayed foreign worker fee payments | UK: High Court declares government's Climate Action Plan unlawful | Saudi Arabia: CSO calls Amazon to halt expansion of cloud infrastructure over human rights concerns | and much more…

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    Weekly Update 1 May | May Day: S. Korean unions & migrant workers lead protests in Seoul, among a number of global actions to mark Intl Labour Day

    1 May 2024

    Russia: Western banks paid approx USD855m in taxes to Russia in 2023 despite promises to minimise presence in country | Brazil: BHP, Samarco & Vale propose USD25b settlement for 2015 Mariana dam disaster reparations | DRC: Govt. accuses Apple of using illegally exploited ‘conflict minerals’ | Peru: Communities affected by oil spill say they have not been compensated by PetroTal and Grupo Henry | Pakistan: Despite court order, healthcare company Pharmatec terminates 22 union members | Germany: CSOs file OECD complaint against Bayer over human rights & environmental concerns linked to agricultural practices in South America | Saudi Arabia: Cambodian government rescues 78 migrant workers following allegations of forced work & inadequate food | and much more…

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    Weekly Update 24 April | EU Parliament approves landmark due diligence law

    24 Apr 2024

    Israel/OPT: Israel’s Lavender AI system allegedly targeting Palestinians via WhatsApp | Bangladesh: Workers mark 11 years since Rana Plaza collapse & call for 12 demands to be met incl. right to unionise | Tanzania: World Bank suspends USD50m financing of tourism project over allegations of killings, rape & forced evictions | Peru: PepsiCo’s suppliers allegedly source palm oil from deforested territory claimed by the Shipibo-Konibo people | S. Korea: Retailers remove imported seafood products after report uncovers N. Korean forced labour in Chinese seafood plants | UK: Users file lawsuit against Grindr for allegedly sharing their sensitive data with advertisers | Iraq: Father launches legal action against BP over son's death

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    Weekly Update 17 April | Brazil: H&M & Zara supply chains linked to Cerrado deforestation

    17 Apr 2024

    Arms companies targeted by protestors for allegedly exporting weapon components used by IDF in Gaza | Apple alerts iPhone users in 92 nations over spyware attacks | Kenya: Community files case against China City Construction Company over alleged socio-environmental impacts from quarrying activities | USA: Federal witness in investigation into poor working conditions for undocumented workers at Peco Foods facing deportation | Philippines: Land rights defenders injured in conflict with Clarkhills Properties | UK: CSO uncovers exploitative recruitment of migrant farmworkers, including high fee-charging & false promises through social media

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    Weekly Update 10 April | Gaza: Human rights concerns raised over AI tech use

    10 Apr 2024

    Madagascar: Local residents to take legal action in the UK against Rio Tinto for alleged waterways contamination | Mexico: Coffee farmers accuse Nestlé of a ruthless purchasing policy, driving child labour & poverty | Colombia: Wind farm projects do not respect land rights nor spiritual & cultural aspects of La Guajira communities, says Wayúu leader | Cambodia: Youth CSO head arrested & charged with incitement after speaking out about authorities’ crackdown on land defenders | France: Judge dismisses TotalEnergies' lawsuit against Greenpeace accusing it of underestimating its greenhouse gas emissions and much more...

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    Weekly Update 03 April | Jordan: Abuse at US brands' supplier linked to migrant worker's suicide

    3 Apr 2024

    Tanzania: Lawsuit against Barrick Gold's subsidiaries over alleged deaths & injuries by police at gold mine settled | El Salvador: Rights groups urge cycling & sportswear brands to contribute to unpaid wages & benefits following factory closure | Cambodia: Hundreds of garment workers demand unpaid wages & compensation after 2 factories go bankrupt | Poland: Filipino workers, incl. in fish & poultry factories, charged high fees for jobs under false promises of higher pay & legalised status | Iraq: Minister of communications seeks TikTok ban for harming ‘conservative values’; some fear of censorship | and much more...

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