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1 August 2005

US General Accounting Office reports on US Govt. initiatives relevant to corporate social responsibility

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1 August 2005

[PDF] full report: "Numerous Federal Activities Complement U.S. Business’s Global Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts"

Author: US General Accounting Office (GAO)

...Human Rights: Business actions addressing the CSR concern of human rights involve assuring basic standards of treatment to all people, regardless of nationality, gender, race, economic status, or religion. Among the concerns in developing human...

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29 July 2005

DR-CAFTA and Labor

Author: Business Roundtable [USA]

The labor provisions of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) protect core labor rights for workers in the United States and the Central American countries and require that labor laws are enforced effectively by all...

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28 July 2005

Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) Will Only Intensify Exploitation of Workers, Subordination of the Economies of Central American

Author: US Human Rights Network/US Newswire

The Dominican Republic and the Central American Countries lack effective legislation that would protect the rights of workers, the environment and sovereignty over their nature resources and economy.

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28 July 2005

House [US House of Representatives] Passes CAFTA; Bush Expected To Sign Pact; HIV/AIDS Advocates Say Agreement Could Threaten Treatment Access

Author: Kaiser Family Foundation Daily Reports [USA]

The House on Wednesday approved 217-215 the Central American Free Trade Agreement...[Some] international health advocates say the agreement could limit access to medical treatment, including HIV/AIDS-related drugs, for thousands of poor people in...

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27 July 2005

DR-CAFTA Falls Short on Workers’ Rights

Author: Carol Pier, Human Rights Watch

Under...DR-CAFTA [Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement]...the weak labor laws that allow such human rights abuses to flourish could remain intact in U.S. trading partners like El Salvador...DR-CAFTA affords women and other groups...

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27 July 2005

US Congress approves trade accord with Central America & Dominican Rep. - AIDS advocates say access to medicines may be threatened; some analysts say a side letter protects AIDS treatment programmes

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15 June 2005

The value of CAFTA

Author: editorial, Boston Globe

The Central America Free Trade Agreement is in trouble, and to get it through Congress, the Bush administration is edging toward protectionism. The administration would be better off focusing on improving labor conditions in the six Latin American...

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25 May 2005

Drug Deal

Author: Kelly Hearn, AlterNet

If [US] Congress ratifies Bush's controversial CAFTA bill, pharmaceutical companies will be in for a windfall -- and the casualties will be poor AIDS patients. [refers to Pfizer]

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4 May 2005

C. [Central] America lags on labour rights

Author: Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

...workers at a Guatemalan factory [owned by Nobland] say they have been punched, threatened and followed by cars with darkened windows since forming a union in 2003...Labour activists say Central America still has not done enough to meet conditions...

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