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5 Aug 2020

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    Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Update – Issue 45, June 2023: Vexatious lawsuits: Corporate use of SLAPPs to silence critics

    20 Jun 2023

    "The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s global analysis of the state of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) highlights the role of powerful business actors in the abuse of legal systems worldwide to intimidate and silence human rights defenders who speak out against corporate harms. Between January 2015-March 2023, the Resource Centre has identified 437 lawsuits that bear the hallmarks of SLAPPs, brought or initiated by just 144 business actors."

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    Chinese Responsible Investment Overseas Newsletter Issue 25 (Jun 2023) | China: Leading mining industry association launches mediation and consultation mechanism for complaints across mineral value chain

    15 Jun 2023

    The China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters (CCCMC) launched the Mediation and Consultation Mechanism for the Mining Industry and Mineral Value Chain in May 2023. The mechanism aims to promote joint actions between upstream and downstream stakeholders to mitigate risks in the mineral supply chain through building a mediation and consultation platform with industry coordination, expert support, and voluntary participation of all parties.

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    Weekly Update 14 June | OECD Guidelines update: CSOs welcome strengthened global standard

    14 Jun 2023

    All human rights-related shareholder proposals at Amazon, Alphabet and Meta AGMs fail to pass; DRC Government suspends Eurasian Resources Group's copper plant operations for causing deadly flooding; Coffee workers in Mexico protest alleged arbitrary detention of rights defender Cirio Ruiz González following accusation of arson; Gazprom allegedly recruits, equips & pays employees to join Russian military battalions fighting in Ukraine; and much more

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    Weekly Update 07 June | Brazil: Alleged link between farms deforesting Amazon & multinationals

    7 Jun 2023

    Chemical firm Syngenta sought to influence research on links between top-selling weedkiller & Parkinson's, says media investigation; Kwazulu Natal residents win court decision ordering Tendele Coal to cease bulldozing community land immediately; Unions accuse Sri Lankan Government of attacking right to association ahead of labour reforms; EU Parliament’s adopted position on due diligence law includes major improvements, but loopholes remain; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 31 May | Russia: 25 European firms allegedly still supplying military

    31 May 2023

    Defence firm Palantir allegedly applying AI to weapons systems without clear explanation of how human rights risks will be mitigated; Indigenous El Molo community claims KenGen has failed to provide sufficient information regarding proposed renewables project; Amazon driver in Colorado sue firm over 'inhumane' working conditions; Spanish football league sponsors face protests on social media after racist attacks on Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 24 May | Twitter: Changes to platforms allegedly enable rights abuses

    24 May 2023

    CSO report alleges violation of workers' rights in DRC cobalt mines; Son of environmental activist in El Salvador ‘arbitrarily detained’ after she expressed concern for anti-mining activists arrested in January; Khammouane community in Laos raise land rights & livelihood concerns over Sino Agri International Potash Co. plans to build industrial city; Investigation reveals supply chains which allegedly connect Wintershall’s Siberian gas fields to Russian military; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 17 May | Indonesia: ExxonMobil settles case over alleged torture

    17 May 2023

    PwC leaks confidential Australian government information to help clients in Australia & the US avoid tax; 27 workers die in fire at gold mine in Peru which is part of a Metalor initiative to ensure responsible sourcing from informal miners; Ukrainian refugees reportedly subject to labour rights abuse amid high levels of informal employment across Europe; UK government reportedly encouraging investment in Saudi mega-project Neom despite allegations of rights abuses; and much more

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    Weekly Update 10 May | Brazil: Google, Spotify, Meta ordered to testify on ‘Fake News Law’

    10 May 2023

    Colombian coal victims file OECD complaint against European energy companies with Dutch National Contact Point; Rising demand for bauxite taking a toll on mineral-rich communities in Guinea; Cargill faces US legal challenge over deforestation & rights abuses from its soya supply chain in Brazil; Cambodian factory supplying bags to US brand defies govt. order to reinstate dismissed union leaders; Iraqi environmental & human rights activist whose cancer was attributed to pollution from oil production & gas flaring dies ahead of BP meeting; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 03 May | International Labour Day: Workers protest government dismantling of labour rights

    3 May 2023

    Surge in Russian state media posts on Twitter after change in policy; Facebook, YouTube & TikTok content moderators form labour union to push for better working conditions; Nestlé supplier farms in Brazil spraying pesticides banned in EU for suspected links to cancer, alleges investigation; ENEOS has failed to exit Yetagun gas project in Myanmar responsibly, allege CSOs; 131 investors call on ICT sector to ensure respect for fundamental freedoms in Iran; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 26 April | Rana Plaza 10th anniversary: Harmful brand purchasing practices persist

    26 Apr 2023

    Online abuse of climate scientists slowing action on climate emergency, reports CSO; CAD100mil lawsuit against Greenpeace brought by Resolute Forest Products dismissed; Microsoft should suspend investment in cloud data centre in Saudi Arabia over human rights risks, says CSO; 1 worker killed & 36 hospitalised allegedly due to methanol poisoning at Samsung supplier factory in Vietnam; and much more...

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