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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 policy...

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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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25 January 2012

Cambodia: Forced evictions at Borei Keila, Phnom Penh "fail to respect" business & human rights, says NGO - developer Phan Imex invited to respond, but does not

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 3 January more than 200 homes in the Borei Keila neighborhood of Phnom Penh were demolished with the presence and support of police and security guards of the developer Phan Imex. Although Phan Imex had agreed to build ten buildings to house the...

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25 January 2012

Cambodia: Local authorities & Red Cross donate food rations to 176 families, who are homeless after last year's eviction from land claimed by Phan Imex

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24 January 2012

Human Rights First & OWNI Digital Journalism articles on surveillance technology & oppressive regimes

Author: Meg Roggensack and Betsy Walters, Human Rights First, OWNI Digital Journalism; reponses compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In November 2011, Human Rights First published a blog entitled "Excuses, excuses: Surveillance Technology and Oppressive Regimes", alleging that companies providing surveillance technology to oppressive regimes in the Middle East contribute to human...

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21 January 2012

[DOC] Letter of former Special Representative John Ruggie to editor of New York Times

Author: John Ruggie

If the facts reported in the op-ed, “A Nobel Laureate's Problem at Home” (January 21, 2012) are correct, then Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acted contrary to the “United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights,” which the...

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18 January 2012

The Top 10 Trends in CSR for 2012

Author: Tim Mohin, of Advanced Micro Devices in Forbes

[T]he biggest developments to watch for this year in the ever growing and changing world of corporate social responsibility [include]...the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act [which] breaks new ground…by requiring many types of businesses to track four...

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17 January 2012

Internet Freedom and the Digital Earthquake of 2011

Author: Michael H. Posner, US Department of State

I am here to speak about Internet freedom as a foundation for the 21st Century human rights agenda…This past year has highlighted the promise and the peril of the Internet as a transformative tool both for human expression and for repression…Freedom of...

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16 January 2012

Northern Gateway tarsands pipeline: The other unheard argument – human rights

Author: Frank Seier, Right2Respect

The other unheard argument in the Northern Gateway debate…[is] what are the human rights risks inherent in the Northern Gateway project, and what will Enbridge do to address them? The joint panel review of the proposed pipeline is mandated primarily to...

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16 January 2012

[PDF] Migrant Workers and Health—The Role of Business

Author: Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

Migrant worker health is increasingly important for companies following the UN‘s endorsement of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights…Principle 12 states…additional standards for vulnerable groups, such as migrant workers and their...

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