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29 October 2013

TIMELINE: Canada's Mining Controveries

Author: Liam Barrington-Bush & Jen Wilton, TheTyee.ca (Canada)

From Papua New Guinea to Guatemala, mining ventures directly or indirectly financed and owned by companies registered in Canada have been associated with controversy in the communities in which they operate. Business-friendly laws have made Canada the...

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20 August 2013

Eritrea's minerals: blessing or curse?

Author: Jenny Vaughan, AFP

...Bisha mine [60 % owned by Nevsun Resources]...is Eritrea's first major international investment, and one that promises enormous profit...Despite criticism by rights groups -- who say large scale mining props up a hardline regime accused of a raft...

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31 January 2013

Without Rules - A Failed Approach to Corporate Accountability

Author: Christopher Albin-Lackey, Human Rights Watch

[C]ompany human rights practices are shaped by self-created policies, voluntary initiatives, and unenforceable "commitments"...[T]he...Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...underscore the failures of the current approach to business and...

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1 November 2012

Canadian mining firm questioned for activities in ‘North Korea of Africa' [Eritrea]

Author: Michelle Zilio, iPOLITICS [Canada]

A Canadian mining company [has] defended its activities in Eritrea — a nation dubbed the “North Korea of Africa” by some — at a Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights meeting...Cliff Davis, president and CEO of Vancouver-based Nevsun...

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6 June 2012

Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights

Author: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

2011 was a difficult and often dangerous year for workers throughout the world, with those who dared stand up for their trade union rights facing dismissal, arrest, imprisonment and even death. That in essence is the picture that emerges from the...

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29 September 2011

India, Bangladesh & the Philippines lead the world in number of products made by child labourers according to US Dept. of Labor report

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29 September 2011

[PDF] U.S. Department of Labor's 2010 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Author: US Dept. of Labor

This report contains information on the worst forms of child labor and efforts to eliminate this exploitation in 125 independent countries and a summary report on 19 nonindependent countries and territories...The report focuses exclusively on the worst...

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1 March 2011

Canadian companies urged to look at the cost of doing business with despots

Author: Geoffrey York, CTV News [Canada]

[T]he…rebellions in Egypt and Tunisia… – and, a few days after the convention, in Libya – have shown the risks of relying on autocracy. Two of Canada’s biggest companies, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and Suncor Energy Inc., suddenly found their reputations...

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1 October 2010

[PDF] Private Sector Development in Conflict-Affected Environments - Key Resources for Practitioners

Author: Lisa Curtis, Peter Davis, Canan Gündüz, Andrew Ockenden, Thomas Pedrick, Tony Vaux, Joost Van Der Zwan - The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

...The aim of this publication is to help PSD [Private Sector Development] practitioners to make better and timelier interventions in conflict affected environments (CAEs)...a peaceful society is one where there is sustained, durable stability and...

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6 March 2007

U.S. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2006: Eritrea

Author: U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

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