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1 January 2012

A Delicate Balance: Are Trade agreements the best place to balance Internet Freedom and Internet Security?

Author: Susan Aaronson, George Washington University

[In...[this] short article...I argue that trade policymakers should...rethink their strategy for trade policymaking and make it more reflective of 21st century transparency norms. Policymakers are trying to define a clear and universally accepted set...

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1 November 2011

Making Trade and Human Rights Part of the Solution: WTO Strategies to Link Trade and Human rights in Conflict Zones

Author: Susan Ariel Aaronson, professor, George Washington University [USA]

In this article, I argue that trade must be part of the solution to advancing human rights in conflict zones. The members of the WTO increasingly recognize that they need to be more flexible to accommodate trade with nations in and recovering from...

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30 October 2011

UK firm's failed biofuel dream wrecks lives of Tanzania villagers

Author: Damian Carrington, Guardian [UK]

A quarter of the village's land in Kisarawe district was acquired by a British biofuels company in 2008, with the promise of financial compensation, 700 jobs, water wells, improved schools, health clinics and roads. But the company has gone bust,...

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28 September 2011
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Author: Confédération Syndicale Internationale (CSI)

La Mauritanie et la Guinée ont ratifié les huit conventions fondamentales du travail de l’OIT...Bien que la législation des deux pays reconnaisse le droit syndical, le droit de négociation collective et le droit de grève, ceux-ci restent frappés de...

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21 September 2011

Battle of commercial interests confound fight against noncommunicable diseases

Author: David Brown, Washington Post

Behind...talks at the United Nations and a...document about the need to fight noncommunicable diseases...is a fierce struggle between commercial and health interests...Some of the issues...are the same ones at the heart of...the battle against smoking...

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13 July 2011

Put end to modern day slavery in Nigeria, ASSBIFIE tells Wogu

Author: Sylvester Enoghase, Daily Independent [Nigeria]

“It is sad that in Nigeria, the Lebanese, Chinese locks in their factories hundreds of thousands youths, mailing between 12 to 18 years of age between 6am and 7pm and at the end of the month, pays out N8,000 as salary”, [said the President of the...

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13 June 2011

[PDF] Meeting the Responsibility to Respect in Situations of Conflicting Legal Requirements - A Good Practice Note endorsed by the United Nations Global Compact Human Rights Working Group

Author: Annie Golden Bersagel, Law Student, Stanford Law School

The responsibility to comply with all applicable local, national, regional and international laws is a central tenet of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Yet sometimes local or national laws pose requirements that conflict with...

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1 June 2011

[DOC] Commentary: Re-Righting Business: John Ruggie and the Struggle to develop International Human Rights Standards for Transnational Firms

Author: Susan Ariel Aaronson, Associate Research Professor, Elliott School of Intl. Affairs, George Washington Univ., and Research Fellow, World Trade Institute; Ian Higham, George Washington Univ.

Executives clearly need guidance as to how to ensure that they don’t undermine the human rights of their stakeholders...Human rights violations by firms stem from a gap in national and international governance. But in June 2011, the UN Human Rights...

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1 April 2011
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Author: Joëlle Matte, Institut québécois des hautes études internationales, Université Laval

[Les acteurs privés]…de l’industrie des ressources extractives…doivent fréquemment interagir avec des États aux capacités institutionnelles et juridiques limitées...Il se dessine graduellement une exigence de réglementation des entreprises...

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4 November 2010

EU deal threatens HIV drug supplies

Author: Andrew Wander, Al Jazeera

[Medical experts warn that] an international trade agreement being brokered between the European Union and India...could leave millions of HIV sufferers in developing world without the drugs they need to stay alive. The charity Medicins sans...

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