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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 03 November: Indigenous leaders push for just transition at COP26

    3 Nov 2021

    NGOs urge banks not to finance EACOP pipeline due to human rights concerns incl. displacement & loss of livelihoods; 87% of Facebook spending combating misinformation spent on English content, only 9% of users English speakers; Martial law imposed in El Estor, Guatemala, as community & Indigenous Q'eqchi protest Fénix mine owned by Solway Investment Group; Jury rules GEO Group, which runs large US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centre, owes detainees over USD17 million in back pay; Indian supreme court orders inquiry into country’s use of Pegasus spyware; African workers face barriers to claiming unpaid wages from abroad after deportation from UAE; and much more

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    Weekly Update 27 October: EIB accused of lending billions without due diligence checks

    27 Oct 2021

    US Customs and Border Protection blocks imports of fresh tomatoes produced by Mexican companies Agropecuarios and Horticola due to forced labour concerns; Authorities in Sudan impose telecommunication blackouts during military coup to stem information flow; 200 organisations urge IDB to withdraw loan for Marfrig’s beef operations over human & environmental rights concerns; Rights groups in Pakistan file case demanding inquiry into non-payment of wages by 23 garment factories to 139,200 workers during COVID-19; KelKos Energy drops lawsuit against Kosovan environmental activists opposing hydropower plants; 100% of surveyed Thai agricultural workers in Israel said they had been sexually assaulted: the 654 victims feared reporting attacks could cost job or residency; and much more...

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    Weekly Update 20 October: Business demand grows for laws preventing human rights harm

    20 Oct 2021

    Report finds audit deception masking labour rights violations is widespread in apparel global supply chains; Investigation reveals connection between popular dairy products & soya from recently deforested farms in the Brazilian Cerrado; Activists in South Sudan claim telecoms co. Zain unlawfully disrupted phone service ahead of planned protest; Researchers say Noront Resources not adequately disclosing Indigenous opposition to its projects to investors; 52,000 sign petition urging Facebook to take down Myanmar military-owned companies' pages; Rights groups urge PayPal to end 'discriminatory practices' against Palestinians & to adhere to international law; and much more

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    Weekly Update 13 October: 1,300 Kenyan tea workers sue British company over injuries

    13 Oct 2021

    Lawyers involved in climate litigation say UN declaration on right to a clean environment could help in cases involving environment & human rights; CNN reports Govt. used Ethiopian Airlines to transport weapons during war in Tigray; EU biofuel investment is exacerbating environmental, social & political disruptions in Peru, finds Oxfam report; US company Universal Electronics Inc confirms it hires Uyghur workers & transfers them to Qinzhou plant; Environmental activist & 2 journalists beaten while investigating illegal logging in Romania that may be sold in supply chain of European companies; NGOs criticise Saudi-backed Newcastle Utd. takeover as “sportswashing” & criticise Premier League for “normalising” regime; and much more

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    Weekly Update 06 October: Gig workers globally allege abuse & organise strikes

    6 Oct 2021

    Outsourced TikTok transcribers in Brazil report 'overwhelming' workload at USD 70 cents an hour & unpaid wages; Whistleblower reveals Facebook Inc internal research repeatedly identifying platforms’ harms & that company has left unfixed; Local leaders in oil-rich Turkana region, Kenya, raise concerns over Tullow Oil waste management of hazardous chemicals; 6-month sentence for Indigenous rights lawyer who battled Chevron over Ecuador pollution; Queensland police refuse to remove Indigenous group from Adani coalmine; Investigation reveals widespread exploitation of European meat plant workers; Report exposes €billions in EU financial support to companies in illegal Israeli settlements; and much more

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    Weekly Update 29 September: EU Parliament calls for Expo 2020 Dubai sponsors to withdraw, citing concerns for free speech, workers & women's rights

    29 Sep 2021

    Globally coordinated #SeeYouInCourt campaign launched by FIDH to hold companies accountable for human rights abuses & contribution to climate change; Construction Co. Coil & local authorities accused of attacking Ugandan community opposing ADB and Nordic Development Fund backed project; Prevent Senior secretly medicated hundreds of elderly Brazilian COVID-19 patients without their knowledge, resulting in deaths of at least nine people; Thai Supreme Court upholds lower court dismissal of Thammakaset’s defamation case against human rights lecturer Ngamsuk Ruttanasatain; Public health crisis in Serbian village as air pollution reaches alarming levels, locals blame Zijin Mining Group copper mine; and much more

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    Weekly Update 22 September: Activists attacked in Myanmar while company links to Junta scrutinized

    22 Sep 2021

    Investigation into venture capital's human rights oversight finds vast majority of firms are failing responsibilities & lacking diversity; Kenyan Govt. pledges not to interrupt social media during 2022 General Election campaigns; Atacama Indigenous Council calls for suspension of SQM's lithium extraction in salt flats until it submits environmental compliance plan; Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions to disband amid safety concerns under national security law; German supermarkets respond to report alleging widespread labour abuse & exploitation in South African orange farms; Jordan Steel fires 90 workers for inciting a strike, threatens to fire more if strike continues; and much more

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    Weekly Update 15 September: Companies implicated in many of 227 recorded killings of land & environment defenders during 2020

    15 Sep 2021

    NGOs claim Rio Tinto subsidiary in Madagascar contaminating water with uranium and lead; World Bank tribunal rules Colombia not liable to compensate Eco Oro Minerals for expanding wetlands protections, reducing gold concession; Factory owner arrested after 16 workers die in BM Luggage fire in Pakistan; Malaysian Govt. cancels transfer of land to property developer Gabungan Indah Sdn Bhd after activist pressure; Climate groups in Germany to sue car manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen over poor environmental record; European football calls for greater scrutiny on FIFA & workers’ rights before 2022 World Cup; and much more

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    Weekly Update 08 September: French Supreme Court rules against Lafarge in Syria crimes against humanity case

    8 Sep 2021

    Qatar World Cup contractors allegedly misusing short-term visas for recruitment; Ugandan Govt. adopts Africa’s first National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights; Protestors arrested at La Merced de Buenos Aires mines in Ecuador following blockades of Hancock's Hanrine mining company; Three palm oil companies sue Indonesian local government after plantation licenses revoked for violations including lack of indigenous consent; Energy companies cannot sue govts. using the Energy Charter Treaty, rules European Court of Justice; Spanish chambermaids' union will launch app rating working conditions of cleaning staff in hotels; and much more

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