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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 27 April | Rana Plaza anniversary: Calls to sign & expand International Accord

    27 Apr 2022

    30+ NGOs call on social media firms to strengthen human rights due diligence in crisis situations after analysing their responses to invasion of Ukraine; East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline ‘casting a shadow’ on TotalEnergies' green image campaign, says NGO; NGO accuses meat co. JBS of ‘greenwashing’ & calls on asset managers to divest as firm's carbon emissions increase by 54% in 5yrs; Trade unions & rights campaigners urge brands to help 1,500 garment workers at 2 Esquel factories threatened with closure; French court fines Deliveroo EUR 375,000 for hiring couriers as self-employed & not employees; 2 former directors given 12-month suspended prison sentences; Al-Qastal media co. has Facebook account suspended after coverage of al-Aqsa mosque raid & users allege Meta censors Palestinians; and much more

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    Weekly Update 20 April | Brazil: Dam-collapse communities complain re: Vale to German investors

    20 Apr 2022

    Investor voices missing in corporate exodus from Russia; Tanzanian Govt. allegedly planning to evict 70,000 Maasai Indigenous farmers for business development; Pacific Gas & Electric to pay USD55mn & submit to 5yrs' oversight to avoid prosecution for major wildfires; Brandix factory in Sri Lanka accused of ‘crackdown’ against unions & CSOs who raised concerns after 1,000 garment workers infected at ‘superspreader’ event; Qatar World Cup: Belgian national team sponsors incl. Carrefour & ING won't use tournament for "commercial purposes", citing human rights concerns; and much more

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    Weekly Update 13 April | Ukraine invasion: Renewed calls for proactive due diligence by companies with operations in Russia

    13 Apr 2022

    Activists allege Meta’s weak content moderation & double standards facilitate hate crimes; Malawian Attorney General apologises for arbitrary arrest & detention of journalist, vows Govt. will review media laws that restrict freedom of expression; NGO files lawsuit against Bumble Bee Foods over deceptive marketing claims & alleges forced labour in supply chains; Indian automotive parts co. JNS Instruments workers continue protest demanding unionisation after 130+ arrested; 26 CSOs call on oil co. Aker BP to reconsider terms of Lundin Energy acquisition due to human rights concerns; 10 Nepali migrant workers allegedly paid extortionate recruitment fees to Meridian Manpower & left stranded without jobs; and much more

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    Weekly Update 06 April | India: H&M signs binding union agreement to tackle sexual abuse

    6 Apr 2022

    Human rights defenders & business in 2021 briefing | Protecting the rights of people driving a just transition; Commentary from Ukraine | How companies operating in Ukraine could better uphold human rights following Russia’s invasion; Children allegedly working on Ghanaian farms supplying Cadbury owner Mondelēz Intl. 20+yrs after commitments to eliminate child labour; Big mining cos. allegedly lead & finance 'chain of destruction' on Indigenous lands in Brazil, says Amazon Watch and Apib report; Former ATA workers sue Dyson alleging co. was unjustly enriched by exploitative conditions at Malaysian suppliers’ factory; Labour rights violations remain systemic in European supermarket supply chains, despite broad improvements, finds Oxfam benchmark; UK Export Finance allegedly knew of labour abuses & environmental harm at Middle Eastern & African projects prior to funding; and much more

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    Weekly Update 30 March: Labour rights concerns overshadow FIFA World Cup Qatar draw

    30 Mar 2022

    Nokia allegedly helped enable Russian surveillance system; Uber, Bolt and Didi drivers in South Africa hold 3-day strike over costs & working conditions; Colombian community alleges air & water contamination caused by palm oil co. Oro Rojo remains unresolved; 103 Chinese migrant workers stranded in Sulawesi for 5+ months allege employers refused to renew work visas as project had been suspended; FinFisher ceases operations after accounts seized by German Public Prosecutor’s Office, after CSO criminal complaint alleging illegal export of surveillance software; Financial Times finds 'dozens' of cleaners employed by ADNH Compass & Farnek have paid recruitment fees; and much more

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    Weekly Update 23 March: Majority of companies operating in Russia fail to demonstrate human rights due diligence

    23 Mar 2022

    EU, US, South Africa & India agree intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines; Nigerian Delta State communities demand justice after Conoil oil spill allegedly causes outbreak of waterborne diseases in only source of drinking water; Leaked documents allegedly show Solway Group knew it was polluting Lake Izabal in Guatemala, bribed local population & threatened journalists; 1,200 former Violet Apparel workers demand USD1.4 million unpaid compensation & damages after Cambodian factory closure in July 2020; P&O Ferries sack 800 British crew members via video message, replace with migrant workers reportedly paid GBP1.81 an hour; 3 cos. granted licences to explore mining seabed minerals in Cook Islands despite CSOs & end user cos. calling for seabed mining moratorium; and much more

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    Weekly Update 16 March: 12-year global boycott of Uzbek cotton ends

    16 Mar 2022

    Indian beverage bottler cos. Moon and Varun, which bottle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi, found guilty of illegal extraction of ground water, causing environmental damage; Documentary uncovers labour exploitation & sexual abuse of local workers by Qingdao Construction Group Corporation in Lesotho; Ecuadorian Govt. grants amnesty to 268 people, primarily Indigenous defenders, criminalised & persecuted for defending their rights & territories; Taiwanese Supreme Court rules in favour of 222 former Radio Corp of America workers over exposure to cancer-causing chemicals; French Supreme Court allows NGOs to access co. documents as evidence in case against Perenco for alleged environmental & social harm in DRC; Human Rights Watch calls on FIFA to investigate World Cup contractor Bin Omran Trading & Contracting which allegedly failed to pay workers for 5 months; and much more

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    Weekly Update 09 March: Shell U-turn as pressure mounts on businesses operating in Russia over invasion of Ukraine

    9 Mar 2022

    IBM, WeWork, Samsung, Puma, Zara and many more suspend services in Russia; International Women’s Day: Our research finds women human rights defenders remain at high risk of violence, threats to their safety & judicial harassment; Facebook allegedly continue to allow users in Ethiopia to post ‘horrifying & hateful’ content inciting ethnic violence; New Honduran Govt. announces ban on open-pit mining & will begin ‘review, suspension & cancellation’ of licences & concessions; Australian construction company CIMIC accused of not paying migrant workers in Middle East hundreds of millions of dollars; incl. co. comment; Highway being built by JP Autoceste & funded by intl. investors allegedly threatens livelihoods & rights of ethnic minorities; Danish Football Association divests from Qatari investment citing human rights & environmental concerns around FIFA World Cup 2022; and much more

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