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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 01 February | Myanmar: Businesses allegedly funding junta & violating workers' rights

    1 Feb 2023

    Meta sues Israeli surveillance company Voyager Labs for allegedly collecting data on users via fake accounts; Canadian Supreme Court dismisses appeal for investigation into murder of Mexican environmental defender; Philippines court acquits 10 human rights & environmental defenders from leading NGOs; Vale, Tüv Süd & 16 executives face criminal charges including homicide for Brumadinho dam collapse; EU Parliamentary committees vote in favour of mandatory due diligence rules for financial sector; Qatar World Cup workers allegedly detained & face deportation following protests over working conditions; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 25 January | Davos: UN head calls for Big Oil accountability for role in climate crisis

    25 Jan 2023

    Guterres called on business leaders to provide "credible and transparent" plans to meet standards published by UN experts at COP27; New investigation into world’s leading carbon standard, finds forest carbon offsets are “largely worthless”; Hundreds of Western components found in Russian drones used against Ukraine; Lawyers tell court Anglo American knew of toxic fumes & dust which poisoned women & children in Zambia; Mexican Nahua community defenders disappear hours after meeting with Ternium mining company representatives; Three workers die every day in registered factories, Indian government data reveals; and much more.

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    Weekly Update 18 January | Honduras: Co-founders of group resisting controversial mine killed

    18 Jan 2023

    After committing to net zero, financial institutions pour billions into fossil fuel development; Social media companies failed to remove publicly posted content planning riots in Brasilia, allege experts; 5 companies in India score 0/10 in rating of platform economy working conditions; Climate activists condemn police violence during protest against demolition of Lützerath village, Germany, to expand RWE coal mine; Cognyte Software Ltd. faces action over spyware allegedly sold to Myanmar co. ahead of military coup; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 11 January | Bangladesh: 'Unfair' purchasing practices & wage theft in garment sector

    11 Jan 2023

    Women fleeing Myanmar conflict allegedly exploited by recruiters & abused by sponsors in Middle East, incl. wage theft, withheld passports & violence; Families along EACOP pipeline route allege delayed compensation payments & intimidation; in Brasilia condemned by agribusiness, construction & retail associations; WhatsApp changes enable citizens to access communications during Iranain internet shutdowns; and much more

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    Weekly Update 04 January | Nigeria: Shell settles Niger Delta lawsuit for EUR15m

    4 Jan 2023

    Shell settles lawsuit in Netherlands for EUR15m over oil spillages in Niger Delta; Brazilian President Lula da Silva pledges commitment Indigenous People, gun control, combatting deforestation & unregulated mining; Mass arrests & imposition of emergency law following protests against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has chilling effect, warns rights group; New German Supply Chain Act puts due diligence obligations on German companies; and blogs looking ahead to key trends, themes, opportunities & challenges the business and human rights community will face in 2023.

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    Weekly Update 21 December | Workers' deaths cast shadow over World Cup final

    21 Dec 2022

    Families of men killed at Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania sue gold market association for certifying gold as ‘responsibly sourced’; EarthRights International alleges 152 cases of SLAPPs & judicial harassment by fossil fuel industry in past decade; Unions & labour rights orgs. celebrate expansion of International Accord to Pakistan, following decade-long push for garment factory safety; Tesco faces 'landmark' lawsuit from former garment workers over alleged sweatshop conditions in Thai factory; and much more...

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    Chinese Responsible Investment Overseas Newsletter Issue 22 (Dec 2022) | Indonesia: Nickel production for EV battery industry in Chinese-invested industrial parks allegedly generates environmental and health concerns

    15 Dec 2022

    Chinese firms have invested some $30 billion in the Indonesian nickel supply chain as the country places nickel export ban to spur the growth of the local smelting industry. Nickel production in Chinese-invested industrial parks, including Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) and Indonesia Weda Bay Industrial Park (IWIP), has allegedly been associated with massive land grabs, environmental destruction, and affected access to water, health and livelihood of local residents.

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    Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Update – Issue 43, December 2022: After mixed results at COP 27, litigation and legislation can advance the fight for climate justice and a just transition

    15 Dec 2022

    This 27th UN climate summit is generating mixed reactions. With both "progress" and " deadlock" of this agreement: progress, thanks to the creation of a fund for the countries most affected by climate change and deadlock, as regards CO2 emissions and the weight of fossil fuels. For many academic and civil society actors the key words of the cop 27 is: "The emergency will wait again"

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    Weekly Update 14 December | Economic slowdown: Mass layoffs & disputes across South Asia

    14 Dec 2022

    NSO Group sued in US Court by El Salvador journalists who allege they were hacked with Pegasus spyware; Communities displaced by EACOP allege firms responsible for pipeline provide inadequate compensation, incl. TotalEnergies and CNOOC; BMW supplier Livent's lithium mining activities in Argentina risk human rights & environmental harms, finds investigation; CSO files submission to UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention over World Cup whistleblower case after family alleges he was tortured; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 07 December | Indonesia: Companies & govt. sued after contaminated cough syrup deaths

    7 Dec 2022

    Protester killed in clash with police & security guards at Barrick Gold's North Mara mine in Tanzania; Judge orders Amazon to 'cease and desist' anti-union retaliation in USA; Momo Fashions garment factory workers in Bangladesh protest alleging torture, non-payment of leave & maternity allowances & dismissals without cause; Australian court rules Clive Palmer-owned Galilee Basin coal project can’t go ahead because of human & environmental rights concerns; and much more...

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