Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - October 3, 2007

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 3 Oct 2007

Principales noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* Burma, business and human rights:
- Special webpage with reports on: Companies operating in Burma,
critiques, company statements, etc.

* Belgium: Case re-opens against Total, alleging complicity in crimes
against humanity in Burma

* Total's lobbying weakens EU stance on Burma sanctions, says Member of
European Parliament Geoffrey Van Orden
- Total responds

* John Ruggie & Clean Clothes Campaign launch project to clarify:
Implementation of supply chain codes; governance of multi-stakeholder

* Former Shell executive: "The myth of corporations' commitments to
Human Rights"
- Shell responds

* Nigeria's banking industry: Concerns about anti-union activities &
use of prostitution - Labour Minister holds meeting with banks & unions

* Clinton Global Initiative: Companies make major commitments on
health, education, poverty, climate change
- Companies include YouTube, Goldman Sachs, Swiss Re, Procter & Gamble,
many others

* Blackwater security firm in Iraq: Latest reports, incl.
investigations into killings of civilians, US Congressional hearing (see
"Blackwater" section)

* Former Reebok manager responds to CSR Asia article: Should foreign
companies encourage staff unions at Chinese suppliers?

* Norway first Northern country to commit to implementing Extractive
Industries Transparency Initiative principles

* Espa�ol: Birmania, derechos humanos y empresas - varios art�culos
- Total dice: "es dif�cil condenar la represi�n" porque "Total no es
una autoridad moral o pol�tica"

* Espa�ol: Ecuador suspende concesi�n de Ascendant Copper tras
conflicto con ind�genas y comunidades

* Espa�ol: "Empresas privadas de seguridad y derechos humanos" -
editorial por Mauricio Lazala, Centro de Recursos sobre Empresas y Derechos

* Espa�ol: Chile: Vecinos de Arica son indemnizados por seria
intoxicaci�n - sentencia exige a empresa Promel a sanear

* Espa�ol: Aumenta n�mero de mujeres con discapacidad y con empleo en

* Fran�ais : Birmanie, les entreprises et les droits de l'homme
- S�lection des articles et rapports

* Fran�ais : R�p. D�m. du Congo : Global Witness dit que l'examen des
contrats miniers est � entach� par un manque de transparence �

* Fran�ais : 4 enqu�tes en cours dans l'affaire impliquant Blackwater
dans la mort de civils en Irak

* Fran�ais : Sommet de Bill Clinton : Les entreprises am�ricaines
annoncent des projets en faveur de l'environnement, de l'�ducation et de la
sant� qui valent plus de 4 milliards de dollars

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