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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 28 September | Qatar World Cup 2022: Sponsors failing to back remedy for abused workers; adidas announces support

    28 Sep 2022

    New Russian law obliges int. companies operating in Russia to assist Govt. with war mobilisation; TotalEnergies to answer charges of environmental & human rights abuse related to EACOP before European Parliament committee; Indigenous peoples & Ecuadorian Govt. agree moratorium on new oil & mining for at least 12 months or until law guaranteeing consultation is passed; Community in Kyrgyzstan alleges livelihoods threatened by road-building ahead of planned Oriel Gold mine & processing plant

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    Weekly Update 21 September | Myanmar: 'Serious deterioration' leads to Primark decision to responsibly exit

    21 Sep 2022

    Trevali managers found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Burkina Faso after flash flood killed 8 miners; 2 petrochemical projects in Louisiana's 'cancer alley’ blocked in win for environmental justice activists; 3 months after USA's Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act came into effect, we survey 56 companies on their actions; H&M and Decathlon ordered to remove sustainability labels from products & make donations following Dutch investigation into 'misleading' claims; Land rights defenders in Saudi Arabia jailed for 50 years after protesting displacement for Neom megaproject; & much more.

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    Weekly Update 14 September | Ali Enterprises fire anniversary: New calls for Intl. Accord expansion

    14 Sep 2022

    Ugandan Govt. orders communities to vacate wetlands over pollution concerns but factories allowed to remain as they may have been 'misled' over protection status; Mexican tribunal rules Renovalia Energy built wind farm on Unión Hidalgo communal land, not private property; Construction firms in Qatar incl. those working on World Cup projects allegedly terminate workers without proper notice while wages & benefits remain outstanding; and much more

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    Weekly Update 7 September | S. Africa: Shell oil exploration rights revoked in win for communities

    7 Sep 2022

    High court ruled Shell failed to adequately consult with affected communities about the proposed project; Oxycer Mining files 5 applications with regulator to prospect for gold in Piripkura Indigenous Territory in anticipation of mining ban lift in Brazil; UN report finds it ‘reasonable to conclude’ forced labour & other serious human rights violations present in Xinjiang; Over 100 civil society & trade union organisations launch campaign calling on EU to issue a strong due diligence law; and much more

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    Weekly Update 31 August | Ukraine: 6 months on, companies allegedly continue business in Russia

    31 Aug 2022

    Belgian company OpenWay accused of creating shell companies & structures to continue business in Russia despite sanctions; TotalEnergies sells stake in Siberia gas field to Novatek after accusations of providing Russian military planes with kerosene; Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business Vicky Bowman & activist husband detained by junta after UK announces sanctions; 200 workers in Qatar protest for up to seven months of unpaid wages; 60 face detention & deportation; and much more

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    Weekly Update 24 August | Mining companies in Burkina Faso & Chile face charges for alleged abuses

    24 Aug 2022

    Two Trevali Mining executives arrested in relation to Burkina Faso Perkoa zinc mine flood that killed 8 workers; Lundin Mining faces charges for 35.6 metre wide, 200 metre deep sinkhole near Alcaparrosa copper mine in Chile; Hundreds of women’s organisations & activists call on UN Women to pull out of BlackRock partnership; Bunge and Cargill, behind more than 30% of soy exports to EU & UK, allegedly source from Brazilian farm linked to Indigenous rights abuses; Indonesian garment factory reportedly supplying brands incl. Ann Taylor, Gap & Macy's accused of union-busting & called on to reinstate dismissed union leaders; and much more

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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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