Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update -- June 20, 2007

From the Business and Human Rights Resources Centre:

Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 20 June 2007

Principales noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* UN Human Rights Council extends Special Representative John Ruggie's
term until July 2008; business & human rights mandate may have 2nd term
from 2008-2011

* India: NGO report says Monsanto, Bayer are taking steps to address
child labour in cotton production but still have "much more" to do
- Bayer response
- Monsanto response

* Saudi Arabia: Increasing numbers of women enter business - Cisco
appoints its first female account manager there

* India: Prime Minister Singh sets out 10 Point Social Charter for

* Mine safety in So. Africa: Unions demand action on worker deaths in
Gold Fields, Anglo Platinum mines
- Gold Fields says it has made "very big safety interventions"
- Anglo Platinum suspends operations at Rustenburg mine to address
safety deterioration

* Colombia: "Massacres and paramilitary land seizures behind the
biofuel revolution"

* Physicians for Social Justice: "Novartis versus India - Putting
profit before human rights"
- Novartis statement on Glivec case in India

* Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria awards Chevron,
Coca-Cola, Standard Chartered, Abbott, Eskom, HBO, Eli Lilly, Marathon

* Kazakhstan: Workers allege appalling safety at Arcelor Mittal mines -
90 have died since 2004
- Arcelor Mittal says health & safety is "top priority" & intends to
invest £63m to improve safety there

* Nigeria: "Another approach to resolving resource conflicts"

* New non-profit "Climate Counts" ranks 56 companies on climate change
- Canon, Nike, Unilever, IBM score highest
- Lowest-scoring companies include, Jones Apparel, Levi
Strauss, eBay

* Español: Colombia: Al menos 1,390 niños laboran en minas de Boyacá de
3:00 a 8:00 a.m. para evadir controles, dice estudio en parte
adelantado por Fundación Cementos Argos

* Español: Perú: Evidencia implicaría a empresas de seguridad en
espionaje de opositores de la actividad minera

* Español: Brasil: Delegados del "Movimiento Sin Tierra" alertan sobre
peligros del etanol y los agronegocios

* Español: México/EE.UU.: A pesar de protestas por polución, Asarco
(parte del Grupo México) quiere reabrir fundidora en El Paso, argumentando
que ya no contamina

* Français : Chine : Manifestations contre un projet d'usine chimique
de Tenglong à Xiamen à cause d'inquiétudes pour ses effets sur la santé

* Français : Rép. Dém. du Congo : Bralima, filiale de Heineken, prend
des mesures pour protéger ses employés contre le VIH/Sida

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