Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - August 8, 2007

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 8 August 2007

Principales noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* UN Special Representative John Ruggie & IFC launch study of
investment agreements & human rights

* Niger: Tuareg spokesman says mining by Areva causing social &
environmental damage - also alleges discrimination
- Areva response

* Indian court rejects Novartis patent challenge - Médecins Sans
Frontières & aid agencies welcome ruling as "victory for public health"
- Novartis says ruling will discourage research & development of better

* So. Africa: New Anglo American boss says company's safety record "not
acceptable", pledges improvements

* Philippines: 8 intl. apparel firms urge President Arroyo to stop
attacks on workers in export processing zone - American Eagle Outfitters,
Gap, Jones Apparel, Liz Claiborne, Philips-Van Heusen, Polo Ralph
Lauren, VF Corp, Wal-Mart

* US Congressional committee to investigate whether Yahoo! lied over
its role in jailing of Chinese journalist

* Dubai takes initial steps to improve working conditions for migrant
labourers - unions still banned

* Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Commission calls for directive to address
health concerns over outdoor work in midday heat

* Mexico: Amnesty Intl. warns of human rights risks around La Parota
dam project

* AirAsia to provide for disabled travellers after dialogue with NGOs

* Indonesia: Land conflicts increase between communities & palm oil
companies - refers to Duta Palma, Wilmar, Unilever

* Oxfam accuses Repsol of abusing rights of South American indigenous
tribes - company rejects allegations

* CSR Asia: The stories behind Mattel's recall of 1.5 million
Chinese-made toys

* Amnesty Intl. job vacancy: Researcher on impact of intl. economic
relations on human rights in Colombia

* Español: México: Amnistía Internacional alerta sobre peligros a los
derechos humanos alrededor del proyecto presa La Parota

* Español: Perú: Intermón Oxfam acusa a Repsol de vulnerar los derechos
de las comunidades indígenas
- Repsol asegura que cumple con la legislación nacional

* Español: Argentina: 5 marcas deportivas (Puma, Bensimon, Le Coq
Sportif, Topper, Arena) investigadas por explotar a indocumentados

* Español: España: Caja Navarra pone en marcha "protocolo de
maternidad" para asegurar la igualdad de oportunidades de sus empleadas

* Español: India: Tribunal falla contra Novartis en caso de patente de
medicamento - ONGs aplauden decisión

* Français : Tanzanie : ABB aide les villages ruraux avec
l'électrification durable pour le développement social & économique

* Français : Inde : Tribunal rejette le recours de Novartis contre la
loi sur les brevets - ONGs saluent « une victoire pour les patients »
- selon Novartis, la décision découragera le développement de meilleurs

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