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5 Aug 2020

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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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    Weekly Update 21 July: NSO spyware misused against activists, politicians and journalists

    21 Jul 2021

    New report alleges garment workers lost almost USD 12bn in wages & severance between March 2020 and March 2021; Prominent environmental activist Joannah Stutchbury killed in Kenya following multiple death threats; Pakistani coal mine company allegedly refuses to cooperate with fact-finding mission after worker's torture & death; Companies urged to protect Italian delivery and warehouse workers’ rights & uphold freedom of association, following widespread violence at protests; And much more

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    Weekly Update 14 July: Fatal fires ravage two factories in Bangladesh, leading to renewed calls for progress on worker safety

    14 Jul 2021

    Survey finds migrant workers face exploitative recruitment practices, fees & labour rights abuse in Qatari luxury hotels vying for World Cup business; Report highlights progress & gaps in implementation of UNGPs when it comes to Indigenous Peoples' rights; 26 major tech companies face calls for improvement in digital rights; Reports highlight wage theft in apparel supply chains in India & press for joint liability of global brands.

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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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