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Pacific: BHRRC launches new web portal to shine light on corporate abuse in the region

The Pacific is an intensely resource-rich region where corporate human rights abuses have traditionally flown under-the-radar. The Pacific Business & Human Rights portal builds visibility and shines a light on corporate abuse in the region. It highlights latest news, research findings, case studies and guidance on business-related human rights impacts. It also hosts an evolving series of interviews with activists working on business and human rights issues at a grassroots level. With it, comes greater transparency, corporate accountability and empowerment of business and human rights advocates seeking to adress harm in the region.

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10 December 2019

Shining a light on corporate human rights abuses in the Pacific

Author: Amy Sinclair, Ethical Corporation

9 December 2019

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s Amy Sinclair introduces a new portal that focuses attention on a resource-rich area remote from the rest of the world

In recent months, damaging spills caused by foreign miners operating in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have wreaked havoc with the safety and livelihoods of coastal communities.

At the same time, with the independence referendum under way in the Bougainville region of Papua New Guinea, mining companies are jostling for new licenses. This is in a region where tensions over the infamous Panguna mine sparked a bloody decade-long civil war in the 1990s. Memories fade fast, particularly when there are profits to be made.

The Pacific region is intensely resource-rich, but with great distances...human rights abuses by companies have too often occurred in the shadows...

The need for this increased visibility is great. Business-related human rights harms in the Pacific are, increasingly, being documented. Yet severe human rights abuses...persist...

...a nascent business and human rights movement is emerging in the Pacific...

To support and chart the growth of this emerging movement, BHRRC has launched a new web portal dedicated to the region. The Pacific portal brings the broad range of local business and human rights issues into sharper focus and amplifies local and community voices...

Efforts like this...are needed to shine a light into the shadows and improve awareness of Pacific business and human rights issues on the global stage.

 

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29 November 2019

New BHRRC online portal brings into “sharper focus” business & human rights challenges in the Pacific

Author: The Maritime Executive

“Web portal for Pacific human rights abuses launched”, 27 November 2019

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has launched a new web portal covering the Pacific region. The new platform was announced at the Geneva-based UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in the session “Advancing the BHR Agenda in the Pacific,” with the aim of bringing the broad range of Pacific business and human rights challenges into sharper focus. It hopes to amplify local and community voices from the region.

The Pacific is...intensely resource-rich [and]…human rights abuses by companies have historically flown under-the-radar. Greater focus on the Pacific is required to bring to light the true scale of business-related human rights abuses…in the region. [The] new portal curates the latest news on Pacific business and human rights and includes case studies, research findings and tools for recording abuses. The portal also hosts an evolving series of interviews with activists working on business and human rights issues at the grassroots level. 

Partnered with Human Rights at Sea since 2017, BHRRC has [also] been steadily collating a wide-range of maritime-related cases of abuse relating to business activities in the maritime environment ensuring that an international public record is maintained, and transparency of business activities upheld.

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28 November 2019

Radio New Zealand talks to BHRRC about overlooked Pacific corporate human rights abuses

Author: Dateline Pacific, Radio New Zealand

"UN to discuss corporate human rights abuses in the Pacific", 27 November 2019

Representatives from civil society and some Pacific governments will gather in Geneva on Thursday to discuss human rights challenges in the region with a focus on the climate crisis and the mining industry. The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international NGO, has been working closely with session participants. Its Pacific researcher, Amy Sinclair, told Ben Robinson Drawbridge, [Radio New Zealand] that corporate human rights abuse in the Pacific often flies under the radar.  

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27 November 2019

BHRRC launches new online portal on Pacific corporate human rights abuses, as UN discusses business impacts in the region for the first time

Author: Radio New Zealand

“UN to highlight corporate human rights abuse in the Pacific”, 27 November 2019

For the first time a session on the Pacific will feature at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. Representatives from civil society and some Pacific governments will gather in Geneva…to discuss human rights challenges in the region that are caused by companies,…[discussing] key…challenges, …the extractive sector and the climate crisis…

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre…has been working closely with participants of the session. The NGO's Pacific researcher, Amy Sinclair, said corporate human rights abuses in the Pacific often flew under the radar…“Some companies going into the region are not adhering to international standards which is causing significant issues for the communities that are coming up against the projects, who might be experiencing pollution in their water ways or even death from when food sources…are poisoned. [K]ey sectors where we're seeing harm…are mining but also other sectors like tourism, where we're seeing some irresponsible property development which can…harm local communities; also increasingly in the fishing sector, where modern slavery...[is] a major area of concern”.

In conjunction with the Pacific session in Geneva, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre will launch an online portal. As well as providing resources for Pacific activists and advocates, Ms Sinclair said the portal would expose corporate human rights abuse in the Pacific to the rest of the world…"One of the key drivers for the portal is really to shine a light for the first time into the shadows because there has been scant attention paid… internationally…to the abuses that are playing out".

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