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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 14 February | Philippines: Apex Mining Co. under scrutiny following deadly landslide

    14 Feb 2024

    Major stock exchanges in China announce new mandatory sustainability reporting requirements for listed companies | Hundreds of mining-affected communities gather in South Africa to demand consultation rights & a share of mining operation benefits | US class action lawsuit accuses Mondelez of child labour & deforestation in Côte d'Ivoire contrary to sustainability claims | Australian Govt. passes law decriminalising undocumented workers & ensuring workplace protections regardless of immigration status | UN Human Rights Commissioner, companies & over 300 experts urge EU member states to approve due diligence legislation | Yemen: CSOs call on shipping companies in Red Sea to respond to conflict & security threats affecting seafarers

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    Weekly Update 7 February: Israel/OPT: Itochu ends collaboration with Israeli arms firm over ICJ ruling

    7 Feb 2024

    Global carmakers incl. BYD, General Motors, Tesla, Toyota & Volkswagen may be using aluminium made by Uyghur forced labour in China | Kenyan Govt. orders 29 polluting companies to clean up Nairobi River | Experts warn large US companies increasingly use lawsuits to prevent unionisation | Social media platforms YouTube and Koo allegedly facilitate misogynistic hate speech in India | Migrant agricultural workers face wage theft, fee-charging & poor treatment in UK | Access Now exposes the hacking of Jordanian journalists, lawyers & activists using NSO Group's Pegasus software

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    Weekly Update 31 January: Myanmar: Fashion brands complicit in abuse 3yrs after military coup

    31 Jan 2024

    Egypt: brokers & tourism companies reportedly extorting Palestinians trying to flee Gaza through Rafah border | UN Secretary General warns Big Tech companies are recklessly pursuing AI profits without effective risk strategy | Congo: Wildlife charity African Parks investigating allegations regarding rape & torture of Indigenous people by National Park guards | Brazil: Adidas footwear allegedly linked to deforestation & modern slavery | Thailand: Myanmar workers exploited at VK Garments allegedly yet to receive adequate compensation | Netherlands: CSO to initiate legal proceedings against ING Bank over breach of 'duty of care' in climate policy

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    Weekly Update 24 January: USA: Supermarkets linked to child labour following audit failures

    24 Jan 2024

    Gaza faces its tenth internet blackout since October | Oil giant ExxonMobil sues climate activist investors in effort to block vote on climate petition at annual investor meeting | 30 people who protested the extension to First Quantum Minerals' concession in Panama face terrorism charges | Former executives of South Korean firms that produced fatal humidifier disinfectant sentenced to prison | UK Housing minister says Irish insulation firm Kingspan has evaded responsibilities over Grenfell tragedy | Norwegian FA head criticises over FIFA failure to publish human rights & remedy report following migrant rights abuses at 2022 World Cup

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    Weekly Update 17 January: USA: Starbucks sued for alleged links to human rights violations

    17 Jan 2024

    Online neobanks Wise and Payoneer allegedly freezing Palestinian accounts without explanation | Shareholder coalition to challenge Shell over climate resolution | Report finds major human rights violations at Del Monte pineapple farm in Kenya | Report calls for charges against ‘Santa Marta 5’ to be dropped | Workers in China face sudden layoffs, closures & salary cuts ahead of Lunar New Year | Fujitsu admits it has has 'moral obligation' to compensate victims of the UK Post Office scandal | Norway passes controversial bill to back deep-sea mining following efforts of pro-mining lobby

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    Weekly Update: 10 January: Indonesia: HRDs acquitted of defamation re: mining and gov't minister

    10 Jan 2024

    Substack faces pushback from users after saying it will not remove or demonetise Nazi content | European development banks reportedly facilitated illegal oil palm plantation expansion and land grabbing in DRC | Food processor The Exclusive Poultry employed children to operate dangerous machinery and withheld wages, says US Labor agency | Report reveals use of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware to target journalists in India | CSOs urge ArcelorMittal to provide full compensations to victims of accidents before terminating activities in Kazakhstan | Report finds rights of garment workers impacted by earthquake in Turkey were 'disregarded' by brands & factories

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    Weekly Update 3 January: Germany: 1 year of Supply Chain Act brings positive impacts

    3 Jan 2024

    Meta accused of censoring Palestinian content | Del Monte sued for alleged human rights abuses including killings, beatings & water pollution | Videogame maker pays $50 mil to settle gender-based discrimination lawsuit | Migrant workers in Qatar face ‘regular’ abuse | Pharma Firm Servier fined $470 million for concealing health risks of weight loss pill | Norway’s KLP fund divests from 11 companies in the Gulf over human rights and climate concerns

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    Weekly Update 20 December: EU policymakers reach landmark CSDDD deal

    20 Dec 2023

    Trade unions take action for migrant workers’ rights | Barrick Gold accused of forced evictions & human rights abuses at Tanzania gold mine | Inter-American Court of Human Rights has rules against the Guatemalan gov’t | Human rights defenders attacked & arrested after protesting corporate mining in Maharashtra, India | Tesla under pressure as unions strike to demand collective bargaining rights | 470 textile workers strike outside Turkish factory demanding right to form own union

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