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.

In this “Big Issue” area, discover sector-specific analysis, initiatives, and news coverage.

Extractives   Renewable Energy   Agriculture

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10 December 2019
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A UK court blocked a Nigerian court’s oil spill damages award against Shell on Thursday as the award claim had been registered in the UK which meant that the UK courts could enforce the award against Shell.  The UK judge Jason Coppel set aside the...

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10 December 2019
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作者: Tsvetana Paraskova, Oil Price

‘Shell Wins Oil Spill Court Case Against Nigeria’ 5 December 2019...

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10 December 2019
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作者: Sinesipho Schrieber, The Citizen (South Africa)

‘Dept must act against coal mines polluting water – CER’ 4 December 2019...

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10 December 2019
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作者: Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA)

‘ZELA initiates litigation case against ZIMGOLD’...

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9 December 2019
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作者: Halima Abdalla, The EastAfrican (Kenya)

"Ituri residents petition Tshisekedi, Museveni, Nema over impact of oil activity"...

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4 December 2019
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作者: Lusaka Times (Zambia)

‘Miner dies in mine accident’ 29 November 2019...

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4 December 2019
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作者: Joaquin M. Sendolo, Daily Observer (Liberia)

‘Communities Remain Below the Ladder in W/A Oil Palm Industry’ 2 December 2019...

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4 December 2019
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作者: PM News (Nigeria)

‘Senate moves against foreign companies involved in oil spill’ 27 November 2019...

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2 December 2019
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作者: Flavia Olivieri, Lifegate (Italy)

"Artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa, the environmental and human costs of a vital livelihood source"...

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2 December 2019
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作者: Reuters

"Energy-short South Sudan powers up - but with fossil fuels"...

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