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27 January 2012

[PDF] How Policymakers can help firms get rights right

Author: Susan Ariel Aaronson, Associate Research Professor, Elliott School, George Washington University and Heinrich Böll Stiftung

The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted by the UN in 2011, delineated that firms have human rights responsibilities. However, the Guiding Principles are unlikely to have much influence unless policymakers make human rights a...

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26 January 2012

A Company’s Obligations On Human Rights

Author: IESE Insight in Eurasia Review

[The] universal nature [of human rights] transcends the strictly legal framework…Unlike corporate social responsibility, businesses cannot choose which rights to uphold and which to ignore…[M]ore and more companies are realizing that respecting human...

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9 January 2012

Armenian genocide claims would violate treaty ending World War I, insurer claims

Author: Amanda Bronstad, The National Law Journal [USA]

A California law allowing descendants of Armenian genocide victims to sue insurance companies runs afoul of the U.S. government's post-World War I peace treaty with Germany, according to a brief filed by insurer Münchener Rückversicherungs A.G.,...

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4 January 2012

Justice delayed 30 years in Guatemala

Author: Lauren Carasik, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law & Grahame Russell, Co-director of Rights Action in Al Jazeera

In 1982, over 440 men, women and children from Rio Negro were killed, in large part to make way for the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam, a project of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)…From 1975-1985, the World Bank and the IADB...

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18 December 2011

[video] Panel of Eleven Federal Appeals Judges Hears Oral Argument on Armenian Genocide Era Insurance Recovery Suit

Author: Massis Post

The case is Movsesian v. Victoria Versicherung, originally filed by descendants of Armenian Genocide victims in 2003, and names as defendants German insurance companies Victoria Versicherung AG, Ergo Versicherungsgruppe AG and parent company Munich Re...

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7 November 2011

Appeals court revisits Armenian genocide lawsuit [USA]

Author: Paul Elias, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Monday took up the thorny issue of whether California law declaring there was an Armenian genocide in Turkey conflicts with U.S. foreign policy. At issue is a state law that labels the deaths a genocide, allowing heirs of...

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25 October 2011

Swedish Foreign Minister Haunted by War Crimes Allegations: detained Swedish reporters in Ethiopia highlight thorny affair

Author: Aron Lamm, Epoch Times [USA]

The arrest of two Swedish journalists in Ethiopia has put allegedly unethical, or even criminal activities by oil companies in the spotlight...The events have also added fuel to the debate over Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt's involvement in oil...

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24 October 2011

U.S. court revives human rights case vs Rio Tinto

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

A U.S. federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing Rio Tinto Plc of human rights violations related to Papua New Guinea, where it once ran one of the world's largest copper and gold mines. A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…reversed...

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3 October 2011

Oil Conflict Threatens to Break Out [South Sudan-Sudan]

Author: Charlton Doki, IPS

The communities living on the South Sudan-Sudan border may face genocide if the conflict between the two countries disputing control of oil reserves is not resolved....[T]he communities in these oil states become progressively militarised with arms...

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1 October 2011

[PDF] CSR in conflict and post-conflict environments: from risk management to value creation

Author: Maria Prandi and Josep M. Lozano (eds.), Escola de Cultura de Pau & ESADE: Institute for Social Innovation

[T]here are significant experiences of companies that are participating in peace-building in numerous...

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