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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Extractives   Renewable Energy   Agriculture

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16 July 2018
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作者: Qian Jinghua, Sixth Tone (China)

"Environmental Whistleblower Gets Prison Sentence", 12 Jul 2018...

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老撾:中國投資者的造紙廠釋放惡臭,在當地居民中引發不適和嘔吐

作者: Radio Free Asia

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資料
19 June 2018
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Indian officials have ordered the closure of the nation's second-largest copper smelting plant, owned by UK-based Vedanta, due to fears of pollution and in response to protests. Police killed 13 people in recent protests aimed at closing the plant. We...

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22 May 2018
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作者: Dejusticia (Colombia)

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22 April 2018
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作者: Liberty Dube, The Herald (Zimbabwe)

"Marange villagers stage sponsored demo against ZCDC", 23 April 2018...

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3 April 2018
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作者: Diario Basta (México)

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31 March 2018
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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Altri to respond; Altri didn't respond.

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12 March 2018
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作者: James Thompson, Sunday Times (South Africa & Zimbabwe)

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11 March 2018
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作者: Rapaport News, USA

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