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    Weekly Update 7 July: Guilty verdict in fight for justice for Berta Cáceres

    7 Jul 2021

    Honduras: 5 years after murder of environment & rights defender Berta Cáceres, court finds ex-head of dam company guilty; Report alleges Primark, Nike and H&M responsible for wage theft during pandemic in their supply chains; NGOs urge DRC Govt. to enforce regional rights body’s decision to compensate victims of Kilwa massacre & prosecute Anvil Mining for alleged complicity; Timber company Samling accused of flawed environmental certification & legal threatening Borneo’s forest defenders; Norwegian KLP pension fund excludes 16 firms for links to Israeli settlements in West Bank, citing 'unacceptable risk' of complicity in human rights abuse & much more

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    Weekly Update 30 June: East Africa - Community action on industrial pollution

    30 Jun 2021

    Concerted community actions take govts. in East Africa to court over ongoing environmental damage & industrial pollution; ITUC releases 2021 Global Rights Index ranking 149 countries on their respect for workers’ rights; Tomás Rojo Valencia, Yaqui tribal leader & Sonora water defender, found dead in Mexico after disappearance four weeks ago; Indian Court orders COVID-19 related audit of Renault-Nissan's Tamil Nadu car plant following spike in infections & workers’ protests over safety concerns; Petrochemical workers in Iran on nationwide strike allege poor living conditions, underpaid social security & low wages; & much more

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    Weekly Update 23 June: Global concerns mount over spyware abuses

    23 Jun 2021

    Human rights groups & investors raise concerns about abusive use of surveillance technology across the globe, illustrating the need for stronger regulation; Labour rights organisations & investors condemn Boohoo’s slow progress a year after revelations of labour abuse in UK supply chain as fashion co. holds AGM; US Supreme Court limits human rights lawsuit against Nestlé and Cargill over alleged complicity in forced child labour in cocoa plantations in Côte d’Ivoire; Investor statement on human rights & business activities in Myanmar urges companies to take action to assess & address human rights risks & harms; & much more

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    Weekly Update 16 June: Assessing the UN Guiding Principles at 10

    16 Jun 2021

    Civil society, govts, business organisations & UN leaders mark 10-year anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles; Factory re-openings across Asia linked to surge in COVID-19 infections among workers; BHRRC launches 1st global database on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs); Arbitration tribunal rules Costa Rica govt does not need to compensate Canadian mining company Infinito Gold for cancelled project; Mandatory human rights & environmental due diligence developments gain momentum as German & Norwegian parliaments adopt new laws; & much more

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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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