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    Weekly Update 22 September: Activists attacked in Myanmar while company links to Junta scrutinized

    22 Sep 2021

    Investigation into venture capital's human rights oversight finds vast majority of firms are failing responsibilities & lacking diversity; Kenyan Govt. pledges not to interrupt social media during 2022 General Election campaigns; Atacama Indigenous Council calls for suspension of SQM's lithium extraction in salt flats until it submits environmental compliance plan; Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions to disband amid safety concerns under national security law; German supermarkets respond to report alleging widespread labour abuse & exploitation in South African orange farms; Jordan Steel fires 90 workers for inciting a strike, threatens to fire more if strike continues; and much more

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    Weekly Update 15 September: Companies implicated in many of 227 recorded killings of land & environment defenders during 2020

    15 Sep 2021

    NGOs claim Rio Tinto subsidiary in Madagascar contaminating water with uranium and lead; World Bank tribunal rules Colombia not liable to compensate Eco Oro Minerals for expanding wetlands protections, reducing gold concession; Factory owner arrested after 16 workers die in BM Luggage fire in Pakistan; Malaysian Govt. cancels transfer of land to property developer Gabungan Indah Sdn Bhd after activist pressure; Climate groups in Germany to sue car manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen over poor environmental record; European football calls for greater scrutiny on FIFA & workers’ rights before 2022 World Cup; and much more

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    Weekly Update 08 September: French Supreme Court rules against Lafarge in Syria crimes against humanity case

    8 Sep 2021

    Qatar World Cup contractors allegedly misusing short-term visas for recruitment; Ugandan Govt. adopts Africa’s first National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights; Protestors arrested at La Merced de Buenos Aires mines in Ecuador following blockades of Hancock's Hanrine mining company; Three palm oil companies sue Indonesian local government after plantation licenses revoked for violations including lack of indigenous consent; Energy companies cannot sue govts. using the Energy Charter Treaty, rules European Court of Justice; Spanish chambermaids' union will launch app rating working conditions of cleaning staff in hotels; and much more

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    Weekly Update 01 September: Fashion brands sign health & safety Accord as factory fire kills 17 in Pakistan

    1 Sep 2021

    South Sudanese Govt. blocks social media to curtail protests during inauguration of new parliament; Brazilian Supreme Court must uphold indigenous land rights & reject companies' legal argument on proof of occupation of land, says UN expert; Foodpanda delivery riders in Thailand strike against pay cuts; Shareholder group ACCR sues oil company Santos over “clean fuel” & net zero emissions by 2040 claims; Europe’s largest copper producer Aurubis ends provisional deal with Norwegian mine over risks to environment and wildlife; Amnesty International alleges Qatari authorities failed to investigate deaths of thousands of migrant workers despite evidence of unsafe working conditions; and much more

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    Weekly Update 25 August: Tech companies grapple with Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

    25 Aug 2021

    Kenyan labour rights activist Malcolm Bidali pays fine to leave Qatar after being held in solitary confinement for publishing about migrant workers’ conditions; New report reveals wage theft during the pandemic in supply chains of Nike, Adidas, Gap & other major brands; Prospective lenders withdraw from East African Crude Oil Pipeline due to environmental concerns; Exxon’s oil drilling project in Guyana is dangerous and may release of 125m metric tons of CO2 per year from, warn experts; WWF Japan calls for Tokyo Organising Committee to examine its sustainability initiatives after Olympic & Paralympic Games; and much more

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    Weekly Update 18 August: IPCC Report - human rights' increasing relevance in just transition

    18 Aug 2021

    Civil society calls on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission & investors to halt Cellebrite going public until human rights compliance demonstrated; CSOs urge Nordic Development Fund & Africa Development Bank to ensure human rights due diligence on Ugandan agribusiness project; Indigenous people seek ICC genocide investigation into Bolsonaro policies which lead to land grabs & illegal mining ; Tigyit coal power plant & mine allegedly caused miscarriages, cancers, loss of farmlands & depletion of underground water; Public Inquiry finds murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia linked to investigations involving big business; UN Special Rapporteurs raise concerns over abuse of migrant workers & labour reforms in Saudi Arabia; and much more

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    Weekly Update 11 August: UK brands under fire over labour rights violations

    11 Aug 2021

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples marked with united calls for new social contract to end “grievous inequalities” & create new social contract; UN experts urge incoming Zambian govt. to address lead pollution in Kabwe; New Peruvian govt. meets mining companies to resolve disputes & negotiates end of Las Bambas blockade; Female labour participation rate in India drops to 16% since onset of COVID-19; Spanish CSOs launch campaign calling for human rights & environmental due diligence legislation; and much more

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    Weekly Update 04 August: Solar companies respond to Uyghur Region forced labour allegations

    4 Aug 2021

    Kenyan trade union blames recruitment agencies for exposing workers to ‘modern slavery’ in the Gulf; Report finds high risk of slavery in Canadian supply chains; Indonesian High Court acquits six environmental defenders over charges related to their protests against tapioca factory's pollution; Nauru Govt. triggers rule enabling The Metals Company to mine seabed in two years regardless of whether regulations are written; New Israeli surveillance company Paragon allegedly hacks WhatsApp and Signal; and much more

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    Weekly Update 28 July: Rio Tinto agrees to human rights review of Bougainville mine

    28 Jul 2021

    Report exposes impacts of aluminum production for automotive industry, incl. deforestation, water pollution & displacement of communities; Companies’ exploitation of natural resources in Mozambique allegedly fueling insurgency in Cabo Delgado; One death, injuries & community leader arrested as Brazilian police carry out Petrobras repossession order removing thousands occupying unused land; Rockhopper Exploration sues Italian Govt. using ISDS to claim USD 275 million in damages after new oil drilling banned near Adriatic coast; and much more

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