Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - August 22, 2007

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 22 Aug 2007

Principales noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* Ruggie-IFC study may recommend investment contracts include human
rights clause (Stratfor article)

* USA: Union report accuses Cummins of violating workers' basic labour
- Cummins response

* Ugandan security guards in Iraq allege "exploitative practices" by
recruitment agencies - including withholding passports

* Chinese manufacturers "anonymity" may come to end following safety
recalls of Mattel toys, other products (Economist)

* USA: Mossville, Louisiana residents with high levels of toxic
chemicals in blood (further to last week's Update):
- Responses by Sasol, Georgia Gulf
- ConocoPhillips, Lyondell did not respond

* US judge says lawsuit against Chevron for human rights abuses in
Nigeria can continue
- See also our summary of Chevron case:

* USA: Court grants Rio Tinto rehearing of lawsuit accusing it of human
rights abuses in Papua New Guinea
- See also our summary of Rio Tinto case:

* "Complicity in Human Rights Violations: A Responsible Business
Approach to Suppliers": Report by Margaret Jungk

* IFC, IBLF, UN Global Compact guide to human rights impact assessment
- road-testing draft

* UK-based Biwater sues Tanzania in World Bank tribunal over failed
water privatisation - overview & update

* Report ranks 22 So. Korean companies' reporting on environmental &
human rights issues
- Yuhan-Kimberly, Korea South-East Power, POSCO, Daewoo Securities
score highest

* Job announcement, Danish Institute for Human Rights: Advisor/analyst
for Human Rights & Business Project (deadline 7 Sep)

* Español: Uruguay: Trabajadores de papelera Botnia detienen
actividades por exposición a tóxicos

* Español: Chile: Mapuches dicen que torres para llevar energía de
Aysén al centro del país impactarían ambiente, tierras - Gerente de
HidroAysén dice que zona inundada disminuyó 36,5%

* Español: Perú: Documental de video sobre los impactos sociales y
ambientales de Minera Majaz (parte de Monterrico Metals) - incluye
declaración de la empresa

* Español: México: Empresa Caresa acusada ante instancia del TLCAN de
afectar salud de habitantes en Tabasco

* Español: Chile: Programa estatal de igualdad certifica empresas que
instalen buenas prácticas laborales de equidad de género

* Français : Reporters sans frontières accuse la société américaine Go
Daddy d'avoir suspendu sans explication des sites dissidents chinois
qu'elle hébergeait

* Français : Code de conduite contre le tourisme sexuel avec des
enfants, signé par plus de 600 entreprises (y compris Accor, Hotelplan,

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