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Welcome to the Resource Centre

We make it our mission to work with advocates in civil society, business and government to address inequalities of power, seek remedy for abuse, and ensure protection of people and planet.

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Pacific Business & Human Rights

The Pacific is an intensely resource-rich region where human rights abuses by companies have historically flown under-the-radar. This new portal builds visibility on business and human rights challenges in the Pacific - by highlighting research into key regional issues, identifying allegations of business-related abuse and amplifying local voices.

By the numbers

  • 700+

    Pacific

    Number of items on our website relating to the Pacific

  • 69%

    Papua New Guinea

    Percentage of the Pacific items on our website that are PNG-related

  • 50%

    Mining

    Requests by us for responses to allegations of abuse in the Pacific

Discover the issues

Visibility fosters action and, for too long, business and human rights issues in the Pacific have lacked prominence on the global stage. 

- Surya Deva, City University of Hong Kong

 

There is growing momentum on business and human rights across the Pacific. Foreign investment can bring development gains but, if companies investing in the region do not meet internationally-recognised human rights expectations, the risk of human rights harm is high.

This is particularly true in high-risk sectors such as mining, fishing, forestry and, increasingly, tourism. Visibility, and an awareness of the issues, is key for all stakeholders working to advance respect for human rights by businesses operating in the Pacific.

Voices from the Ground

People need to speak up so that powerful people all around the world respect human rights. Nothing will stop us from speaking up, because it is coming from our hearts.

- Cressida Kuala, Porgera, PNG

Case Studies

BHP lawsuit (re Ok Tedi mine, Papua New Guinea)

In 1994, Papua-New Guinean (PNG) landowners sued BHP in the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia alleging that BHP’s operations at the Ok Tedi copper mine caused destruction of the surrounding environment and of their traditional lifestyle.

Modern Slavery in Pacific Supply Chains of Canned Tuna

The Pacific is home to the world’s largest tuna fisheries, providing almost 60% of the world’s tuna catch, worth US$22 billion (out of a US$42 billion globally) in 2016, and demand is increasing. Yet reports of severe human rights abuses are rife, including forced labour, slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

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Video: Heartless Mining

A documentary produced by Caritas Fiji about Black Sand Mining at the mouth of the Ba River, Fiji. Listen to the cry of the people of Votua and Nawaqarua who rely on the sea and the river for their livelihoods.

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Video: Climate crisis - act now!

“The climate crisis is accelerating, and global heating already affects the rights of millions of people exposed to its adverse effects each year,” UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet says at the Human Rights and Climate Change Conference...in Fiji. The international community has an obligation to #ActNow and stop the climate crisis.

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Report an issue

Document business impacts on human rights

Share a case of business impacts on human rights with us by clicking here and completing the form enclosed. Information provided on this form will be sent to Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and we will then be in touch to clarify any details and discuss next steps.