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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 15 December: Greater rights protections for gig workers in EU & UK

    15 Dec 2021

    EU draft rules set to redefine gig economy workers as employees; UK High Court rules Uber’s business model unlawful; Economic harm to women garment workers in Asia during pandemic directly linked to brands’ irresponsible actions & business model, says report; Ruashi Mining threatens human rights defenders & disseminates false information to avoid responsibility for human rights violations in DRC, says report; Brutal conditions endured by migrant agricultural workers brought to US by alleged labour trafficking network via work visa programme; End of palm oil plantation moratorium will cause increase in land conflicts & deforestation in Indonesia, says NGO; Swiss commodity traders control 2.7 million hectares of land yet fail to take sufficient responsibility for human rights & environment, research alleges; England football team to be briefed on Qatar’s human rights records before deciding whether to protest at 2022 World Cup; and much more

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    Weekly Update 08 December: Indonesian court rules labour rights-threatening Omnibus Bill unconstitutional

    8 Dec 2021

    New BHRRC tea data tracker & briefing outlines need for transparency in supply chains riddled with labour rights abuses; International investors & food retailers failed to act on pledges to divest from Brazil over deforestation, finds Financial Times; Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for USD150bn alleging the co. allowed hate speech against them to spread; Indigenous communities in Zimbabwe resist displacement from ancestral lands by mining companies & allege Govt. is selling land without consultation; ADM, Bunge and Cargill allegedly using soy from farms in Brazil linked to land conflicts & human rights abuses; International banks hold shares in companies affiliated with Myanmar military junta & its conglomerates; French civil court dismisses request from Mexican Indigenous group to halt EDF’s construction of wind farm on procedural grounds; Investigation into deaths of young, healthy Nepali workers in Qatar finds significant shortcomings in data collection, investigations & compensation by govt.; and much more

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    Weekly Update 01 December: Companies called to act on Myanmar junta-planted telecom tower landmines

    1 Dec 2021

    More than 50 people killed in Listvyazhnaya coal mine explosion in Russia, 5 officials charged with violating industrial safety requirements; Over 60 NGOs urge EU to ensure gender-responsive due diligence law on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; Investors sue Meta (formerly Facebook) over alleged false statements regarding techniques targeting young people known to cause anxiety & depression; NGO & community claim Nigerian company Okumu Oil Palm’s social audit certification didn’t investigate allegations of human rights abuses; Government declares mega-projects as ‘national security’ issues to overcome legal, environmental & Indigenous demands, say experts; Repatriation of Kiribati seafarers stranded due to COVID-19 restrictions underway; Norwegian journalists reporting in Qatar on conditions for migrant workers arrested; and much more

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    Weekly Update 24 November: Black Friday strikers lead global push for pay & jobs

    24 Nov 2021

    Indian Govt. repeals three controversial farm laws after a year of farmer protests over concerns laws would allow entry of private players & hurt their income; Working conditions in luxury hotels & Kafala reform under the spotlight as countdown to Qatar World Cup 2022 continues; Constitutional Court upholds High Court decision to halt development of a new coal mine in a strategic water source area in S. Africa; Investigation reveals workers in Brazil face abuse on sugarcane biofuel plantations cleared for US & Europe; Arrival of Formula One in Saudi Arabia & Qatar puts spotlight on rights record of Gulf States; and much more

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    Weekly Update 17 November: Lundin Energy execs charged with Sudan war crimes complicity

    17 Nov 2021

    Countdown to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - new Parallel Portal shines light on labour & human rights abuses behind official promotional materials; UK National Contact Point finds JCB failed to conduct necessary due diligence over equipment used to illegally demolish Palestinian homes; Report finds luxury carmakers BMW and Jaguar Land Rover still sourcing leather linked to deforestation in Paraguay; Police arrest Adivasis & Dalit activists after protests against Hindalco bauxite mine located at sacred shrine; US Court dismisses lawsuit brought against Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Microsoft & Tesla over deaths of children mining cobalt in DRC; Labour rights whistleblower & ex-Supreme Committee employee detained amid ongoing concerns over abuses associated with World Cup Qatar 2022; and much more

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    Weekly Update 10 November: Qatar World Cup whistleblower threatens hunger strike after charges brought

    10 Nov 2021

    Australia's ANZ bank returns profits from Cambodian sugar plantation investment to families who suffered violent evictions & child labour; Foreign companies incl. Adani Ports, British American Tobacco and Metro withdraw from Myanmar amid human rights concerns; New investigation reveals Israeli Pegasus spyware used on Palestinian rights groups; Police clash with fishermen during anti-mining protests in Madagascar, 2 human rights defenders arrested & allegedly beaten; NGO files consumer lawsuit in Washington DC against Hershey & Rainforest Alliance, alleging child labour on certified farms in Côte d’Ivoire; NGO raises complaint with EACB against Raiffeisen Group International for ‘support’ of Lukashenko regime despite allegations of human rights abuses; and much more

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    Weekly Update 03 November: Indigenous leaders push for just transition at COP26

    3 Nov 2021

    NGOs urge banks not to finance EACOP pipeline due to human rights concerns incl. displacement & loss of livelihoods; 87% of Facebook spending combating misinformation spent on English content, only 9% of users English speakers; Martial law imposed in El Estor, Guatemala, as community & Indigenous Q'eqchi protest Fénix mine owned by Solway Investment Group; Jury rules GEO Group, which runs large US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centre, owes detainees over USD17 million in back pay; Indian supreme court orders inquiry into country’s use of Pegasus spyware; African workers face barriers to claiming unpaid wages from abroad after deportation from UAE; and much more

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    Weekly Update 27 October: EIB accused of lending billions without due diligence checks

    27 Oct 2021

    US Customs and Border Protection blocks imports of fresh tomatoes produced by Mexican companies Agropecuarios and Horticola due to forced labour concerns; Authorities in Sudan impose telecommunication blackouts during military coup to stem information flow; 200 organisations urge IDB to withdraw loan for Marfrig’s beef operations over human & environmental rights concerns; Rights groups in Pakistan file case demanding inquiry into non-payment of wages by 23 garment factories to 139,200 workers during COVID-19; KelKos Energy drops lawsuit against Kosovan environmental activists opposing hydropower plants; 100% of surveyed Thai agricultural workers in Israel said they had been sexually assaulted: the 654 victims feared reporting attacks could cost job or residency; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 20 October: Business demand grows for laws preventing human rights harm

    20 Oct 2021

    Report finds audit deception masking labour rights violations is widespread in apparel global supply chains; Investigation reveals connection between popular dairy products & soya from recently deforested farms in the Brazilian Cerrado; Activists in South Sudan claim telecoms co. Zain unlawfully disrupted phone service ahead of planned protest; Researchers say Noront Resources not adequately disclosing Indigenous opposition to its projects to investors; 52,000 sign petition urging Facebook to take down Myanmar military-owned companies' pages; Rights groups urge PayPal to end 'discriminatory practices' against Palestinians & to adhere to international law; and much more

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