Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - August 15, 2007

This is from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 15 August 2007

Principales noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* USA: Mossville, Louisiana residents have high levels of toxic
chemicals in their blood & environment, according to US Govt. data - NGO
report says nearby factories are responsible
We invited the companies to respond:
- Entergy, PPG responses provided
- ConocoPhillips, Georgia Gulf, Lyondell did not respond
- Sasol is preparing a response, which we will include in next week's

* War on Want report alleges Anglo American "profits from abuse,
- Anglo American response

* GlaxoSmithKline agrees to generic production of AIDS drugs for Rwanda
- first use of Canadian regime seeking to ease production of cheap
drugs for poor countries

* Financial Times interview with leading Indian historian Ramachandra
Guha - tribals suffering from "wholesale stripping out of raw materials"
from their land

* World Water Week:
- Experts ask whether biofuel production diverts water from food crops
in developing countries
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development launches tool to
help companies measure impacts on water

* India: CSR Asia commentary on defamation lawsuit brought by Fibres &
Fabrics against 2 NGOs
- Clean Clothes Campaign call for action: "Support freedom of speech
and freedom of association"

* "Action Plan to combat child labour: 15 recommendations for
companies" - comments sought

* India: AIDS Healthcare Foundation says many cannot afford Cipla's
drugs because it charges higher prices than in Africa - Cipla denies it

* Overseas Development Institute: "Business engagement in humanitarian
relief" - refers to initiatives by over 100 companies

* Laos: Newsweek article - "A Kinder, Gentler Dam" describes steps to
minimise harmful impacts in construction of Nam Theun 2

* Organisers of Public Eye on Davos call for nominations of
"irresponsible" corporations & "role models"

* Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is recruiting research
interns for our London office - closing date 18 Oct

* Español: México: 2 tribunales colegiados determinan que trabajadores
migrantes indocumentados tienen derechos laborales

* Español: Argentina: Primer conflicto sindical resuelto a través de
directrices OCDE entre Cargill y Unión Obrera Molinera Argentina

* Español: Colombia: Indígenas Wayú bloquearán gasoducto
Colombo-Venezolano por no haber sido consultados

* Español: México: Protestas contra construcción de empresa Urbasol por
afectar fuentes de agua

* Español: Semana Mundial del Agua: Expertos advierten que producción
de biocombustibles amenaza reservas acuíferas

* Français : Semaine mondiale de l'eau - Production des biocarburants
pourrait détourner l'eau de la cultivation des aliments

* Français : GlaxoSmithKline autorise un générique anti-sida pour le
Rwanda - premier accord dans le cadre d'un régime canadien d'accès aux

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