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20 July 2010

AIDS Activists Launch United Nations Complaint on Impact of Obama Administration Trade Policies on Access to Medicines

Author: Jennifer Flynn, Health GAP [USA]

...AIDS activists from the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America filed a complaint against the United States with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. The complaint argues that the United States, working side by side with...

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5 July 2010

Workers’ rights in Taiwan

Author: International Trade Union Confederation

A new report by the ITUC on core labour standards in Taiwan (known at the WTO as “Chinese Taipei”), published to coincide with the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) review of its trade policies, finds that various categories of employees are barred...

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10 June 2010

Social responsibility standard draws mixed reviews

Author: John Zarocostas, Just-Style News

A final draft standard providing voluntary guidance on social responsibility for companies, governments and other organisations has drawn a mixed review from experts and business leaders. Compiled by the International Organization for Standardization,...

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1 June 2010

The Ruggie Framework: An Adequate Rubric for Corporate Human Rights Obligations?

Author: David Bilchitz, University of Johannesburg, in SUR International Journal on Human Rights

Part I of this paper is concerned...with capturing accurately what [the Ruggie framework]...envisages as being the nature of the responsibilities of corporations in relation to fundamental rights...Part II of this paper critically evaluates Ruggie’s...

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1 June 2010

[PDF] The UN Global Compact and human rights: Developing a vision for 2020 [draft]

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

This review seeks to offer an independent assessment of the impact of the [UN] Global Compact within the broader corporate responsibility movement, focusing in particular on its role in advancing corporate understanding of and respect for human rights...

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7 May 2010

New ILO study on child labour calls for “re-energized” global campaign to end the practice

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7 May 2010

[PDF] Accelerating action against child labour: Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

Author: Director-General, International Labour Organisation, International Labour Conference 99th Session 2010

In 2006 the International Labour Organization set a visionary target – to bring to an end all the worst...

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27 April 2010

Will Pharma, Trade Agreements Shut Down the Pharmacy of the Developing World? [India]

Author: Tido von Schoen-Angerer, Executive Director of Access to Essential Medicines Campaign, Doctors Without Borders, Huffington Post [USA]

Pharmaceutical companies are chipping away at India's legal safeguards in the courts...Bayer is attempting to clamp down on and delay the approval process required for generics to be marketed as soon as a patent is licensed, revoked or expires....

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21 April 2010
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Author: Isolda Agazzi, Inter Press Service

Des parties du delta de Tana, sur le littoral nord du Kenya, sont en train d’être louées à des étrangers pour produire des cultures alimentaires et des biocarburants destinés à l'exportation...selon Paul Matiku, directeur de Kenya Nature, une...

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1 April 2010

[PDF] "Trade Agreements, Business and Human Rights: The case of export processing zones" - Working Paper No. 57, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Author: Andrew Lang, Department of Law, London School of Economics

This report was prepared…to inform the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights…The proliferation [of Export Processing Zones (EPZs)] has been of some concern to many within the human rights...

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