Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update

On this site, we will post weekly BHR updates from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Here is the first:

Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 6 June 2007

Principales noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* UN Special Representative John Ruggie to meet with human rights
treaty bodies on 19 June, Geneva

* Intl. Covenant on Civil & Political Rights: Report prepared for John
Ruggie surveys how the UN Human Rights Committee is addressing states'
responsibilities for regulating corporate activities

* China: FIDH report on forced evictions of poor Chongqing residents
for property development

* Nike to introduce "systemic" labour rights changes in its supply
chain, including education on freedom of association

* Amnesty Intl. says "virus of internet repression" must be stopped:
Global webcast 6 June, 18.30 GMT

* USA: Goldman Sachs endows chair in civil & human rights at Morehouse
College - will help bring Martin Luther King's writings to wider

* Rights & Democracy report raises concerns about projects by
Canadian-owned TVI Pacific, Nortel, SOMIKA in Asia & Africa - provides impact
assessment tools for affected communities
- TVI Pacific, Nortel deny allegations
- We will invite SOMIKA to provide a response
- Full report includes case study on Doe Run; previous Doe Run
statement provided

* US Govt. adds 31 new Sudanese companies to sanctions list over Darfur
- Human Rights Watch welcomes the "long overdue" measures, urges UN &
EU to follow

* "The Media and the Rwanda Genocide": Book with foreword by Kofi Annan
examines role of local & intl. media

* "Cleaning up": Economist survey on business & climate change

* Boehringer Ingelheim decides not to enforce patents on its anti-AIDS
drug Nevirapine in 78 low-income African & Asian countries

* Chile: Supreme Court orders govt. to compensate 356 residents
affected by toxic waste imported by Promel

* Español: EE.UU.: Corte da luz verde para juicio contra Dyncorp por
fumigaciones tóxicas en la frontera Colombo-Ecuatoriana

* Español: Corte Suprema de Chile sentencia al Estado a indemnizar a
356 habitantes contaminados con metales tóxicos desechados por
desaparecida empresa Promel

* Español: Argentina: Mapuches radican denuncia penal contra Benetton
en Esquel por "usurpación" de su territorio
- Incluye página informativa de Benetton

* Español: Chile: Anglo American y Fondo Esperanza lanzan programa de
microcréditos que espera llegar a 6.700 personas pobres

* Français : Chine : Habitants pauvres de Chongqing expulsés pour le
développement immobilier - compensation est rare, protestations souvent
violemment réprimés, selon la FIDH

* Français : Les droits de la personne doivent être intégrés à chaque
étape d'un projet pour atteindre les objectifs de développement social &
économique - études de cas sur TVI Pacific, Nortel, SOMIKA, Aguas
Argentinas, Doe Run (rapport de Droits & Démocratie)
- aussi disponible : Article du Globe & Mail avec réponses de TVI
Pacific & Nortel, réponse précédente de Doe Run aux accusations de pollution
au Pérou (les deux seulement en anglais)

* Français : Nike annonce une série de mesures pour 2011 visant à
améliorer les conditions de travail dans sa chaîne de production

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