Natural Resources

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Extractive companies have had adverse impacts on a broad array of human rights, such as resettlement of communities without adequate consultation and compensation; environmental degradation and its effects on health, sources of livelihood and access to clean water; as well as charges of forced labor, rape and even extrajudicial killings by security forces protecting company assets, with some cases meeting the legal definition of corporate complicity.

 

- John Ruggie 

Natural resources are at the beginning of every supply chain. Their development is essential to the production of energy, consumer goods and food. This means that there are high stakes involved in their use, development and depletion. Natural resources can therefore be a great source of wealth for both governments and local communities, and bring benefits to all citizens. In practice, however, investments in oil, gas, coal, minerals, renewable energyand large-scale agriculture are often entwined with human rights abuses. This is particularly the case in some of the world’s poorest – but most resource-rich – countries. Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, it is the responsibility of the companies developing these resources, as well as their buyers and investors, to safeguard the human rights of workers and communities affected by their activities. 

As Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege explained in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: 

We love nice cars, jewellery and gadgets. I have a smartphone myself. These items contain minerals found in our country. Often mined in inhuman conditions by young children, victims of intimidation and sexual violence. When you drive your electric car, when you use your smart phone or admire your jewellery, take a minute to reflect on the human cost of manufacturing these objects. As consumers, let us at least insist that these products are manufactured with respect for human dignity.

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11 December 2017
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16 November 2017
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Autor(a): Faarea Masud, BBC World Service

"Chevron says it will push for Myanmar human rights", November 2017...

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7 November 2017
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Autor(a): International Campaign for the Rohingya

"Press Release: International Campaign for the Rohingya (Malaysia) petitions Petronas to withdraw from Myanmar", 7 November...

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23 October 2017
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Autor(a): Paul Garvey & Matt Chambers, The Australian

"Woodside CEO Coleman to assess Myanmar Rohingya crisis", 20 October 2017...

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23 October 2017
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Autor(a): Rebecca Leber, Mother Jones (USA)

"Corporate Bullies" Are Using RICO Laws to Go After Greenpeace ", 18 Oct 2017...

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17 October 2017
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Autor(a): Greenpeace

...Le 16 octobre 2017, [l]a cour fédérale du district nord de la Californie, aux Etats-Unis, a rejeté l’ensemble de la poursuite intentée par l’exploitant forestier canadien contre plusieurs bureaux de Greenpeace ainsi que l’association Stand.earth et...

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15 September 2017
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Autor(a): HIVOS

"Out of work and into school"...

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29 August 2017
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Autor(a): Joseph Kiggundu & Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa

"Nema turns down Chinese investor’s sand mining bid"...

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31 July 2017
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Autor(a): Yesenia Amaro & Phak Seangly, Phonm Penh Post

"CNRP MP seeks clarity on sand-dredging ban", 01 August 2017...

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10 July 2017
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Autor(a): Wahyu Chandra & Rahmat Hardiansya, Mongabay

"Locals mount fierce resistance against sand mining, land reclamation in Makassar", 11 July 2017...

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