Sunday, September 2, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - August 29, 2007

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 29 August 2007

Principales noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* ESCR-Net "call for emblematic cases" of human rights abuses involving
business, for report to UN Human Rights Council

* Colombia: Glencore, Unión Fenosa accused of labour rights abuses
- Two reported attempts on life of trade unionist from
Glencore-licensed mine
- Glencore response
- Unión Fenosa response (only in Spanish)

* Human Rights Watch criticises continued inclusion of Smithfield Foods
in FTSE4Good index after "numerous violations of US labor law"
- FTSE responds

* Coca-Cola joins Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

* LA Times: Sudan prospers despite US sanctions over Darfur due to
Chinese investment, loopholes used by companies such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo

* China: Yahoo!, Microsoft sign self-regulatory Chinese Govt.
guidelines that encourage censorship & monitoring of blogs
- Reporters Without Borders condemns decision - Yahoo & Microsoft say
they will not register bloggers' real names

* Mexico: Judge suspends construction of La Parota dam by CFE
- Ruling aims to protect farmers' rights to healthy environment, fair
trial, judicial protection

* Book by Mary Robinson, "A voice for human rights" - with chapter on
business & human rights

* USA: "Hidden bias" & unfairness in workplace estimated to cause 2
million professionals per year to quit jobs - Level Playing Field
Institute report

* Liberia: Raw materials sector risks fuelling conflict again if it is
not re-organised

* American Rights at Work profiles successful labour rights initiatives
- Examples include AT&T, SCA Tissue, Thompson Electric

* Español: Colombia: Sindicato del carbón alega prácticas
anti-sindicales y persecuciones por parte de Glencore y de Unión Fenosa
- Respuestas de las empresas

* Español: Red-DESC solicita "casos emblemáticos" de abusos de derechos
humanos por parte de empresas, para reporte que será presentado ante
la ONU

* Español: México: Juez suspende provisionalmente la construcción de la
presa La Parota "para evitar daños irreparables"

* Español: Argentina: Secretaría de Ambiente clausura fábricas de
Danone y Bridgestone-Firestone por poner en peligro el ambiente y la salud

* Español: Chile: Sindicatos y diputados denuncian "prácticas
antisindicales" en D&S - la empresa lo niega

* Español: Argentina: Megaflex instala en su planta una escuela de
formación primaria para trabajadores que no terminaron su educación

* Français : Laos : Le barrage de Nam Theun est "un laboratoire" en ce
qui concerne la réduction des impacts sociaux et environnementaux

* Français : Réseau DESC invite des soumissions des "cas emblématiques"
des abus des droits humains impliquant des entreprises, pour un
rapport à l'intention du Conseil des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies

* Français : Chine : Yahoo!, MSN signent un pacte officiel
d'autodiscipline qui encourage la surveillance & censure des blogs
- Reporters sans frontières dénonce le Pacte - Yahoo & MSN indiquent
qu'ils n'enregistreront pas les vrais noms des blogueurs

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