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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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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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