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1 Apr 2014

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[PDF] Steep Rise in Allegations of Human Rights Abuse as Boom in Investment Brings Hope of Prosperity - Business and Human Rights in Eastern Africa: A Regional Briefing Paper [full paper]

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Recent years have brought a boom in investment to Eastern Africa, fuelled in large part by new oil and other mineral finds, and demands for biofuels and other agricultural products. There is potential for these investments to help to fulfil economic and social rights by contributing to improvements in health, education and standards of living. But in many cases, these investments advance with disregard for the rights of the people most directly affected. This briefing paper reflects Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s work in Eastern Africa in recent years, highlighting civil society’s concerns about cases where companies are implicated in human rights abuses...We have noticed three recent trends: 1. Jump in complaints about oil companies...2. Skyrocketing complaints about agriculture sector... 3. New risks – Information & communications technology (ICT) sector...[The] report [also] highlights on-going concerns about the impacts of mining... [refers to AngloGold Ashanti, Japan Tobacco Intl., Philip Morris Intl., Barrick Gold, Johnson & Johnson, Safaricom, Bedford Biofuels, JPMorgan Chase, Sinovatio, Kaweri Coffee (part of Neumann Kaffee Gruppe), Strategic Friends Intl., British American Tobacco, Kenya Commercial Bank, Tanzania Breweries (part of SABMiller), China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), Kenya Pipeline Company, Thomson Safaris (part of Wineland-Thomson Adventures), DAO Group, MTN, Total, East African Mining/East African Gold, Tullow Oil, Eland Coal, Nevsun Resources, Unilever, Fenxi Mining Industry, Oil Palm Uganda (joint venture Bidco Uganda, Wilmar Intl.), Finfisher, Paladin Energy, ZTE, Gamma Group, PetroChina]