Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - March 19, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: 
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 19 Mar 2008

CLICK THIS LINK FOR ALL TOP STORIES added past 7 days / Principales
noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* Olympic sponsors concerned over Tibet unrest & violence - comments by
adidas, GE, Lenovo, McDonald's

* Intl. investment agreements, business & human rights: Paper prepared
for UN Special Representative John Ruggie by Howard Mann, Intl.
Institute for Sustainable Development

* Botswana: Labour Minister urges diamond firms to stop pre-employment
HIV/AIDS testing - NGO calls for HIV employment law

* Wal-Mart pushes Chinese suppliers to cut waste, greenhouse gas

* Cerrej�n Coal, Colombia: Assessment by company-commissioned
independent panel of the mine's social impacts flags concerns & positive
- Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Xstrata commit to implementing
recommendations - Cerrej�n will issue full response & management plan

* Merck letter to UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health regarding
draft guidelines on access to medicines
- Special Rapporteur is preparing a response, which we will include in
a future Update

* "Tackling Tuberculosis: The Business Response" - report by World
Economic Forum & Harvard School of Public Health

* USA: Chiquita sued by relatives of 5 missionaries killed by Colombian

* India: Allianz & CARE team up on microinsurance project for
vulnerable people in tsunami-hit south

* Argentina: City of Buenos Aires mandates companies with over 300
employees to report on social, environmental issues

* Japan: Mazda Motor receives govt. human rights award

* Intl. Peace Operations Association journal, including:
- "A Human Rights Perspective on Business Ethics" for private military
& security companies
- Shell describes how it is implementing Voluntary Principles on
Security & Human Rights

* "Corporate Duty & Human Rights under Australian Law": Paper prepared
for John Ruggie by Allens Arthur Robinson law firm

* New & updated summary profiles of business & human rights lawsuits,
provided by the Resource Centre:
- Deutsche Bank, Woermann Line lawsuit re Herero tribe in Namibia
- Yahoo! case re China

* Conference hosted by Clifford Chance, London, 16-17 May: "Does
International Law Mean Business - A Partnership for Progress?" (with panels
on human rights)

* Espa�ol: EE.UU.: Familiares de 5 misioneros muertos por las FARC en
Colombia demandan a Chiquita

* Espa�ol: Espa�a: Empresas no est�n reportando sobre el respeto a los
derechos ind�genas, dice consultora KPMG

* Espa�ol: Am�rica Latina: BBVA destinar� 43 millones de d�lares para
programas sociales, incluyendo educaci�n

* Espa�ol: Nicaragua: Comunidades ind�genas alertan sobre posible
desplazamiento por construcci�n de puerto

* Fran�ais : Nigeria : Le proc�s contre British American Tobacco,
Philip Morris, International Tobacco Ltd. s'ouvre � Abuja

* Fran�ais : Chine : La disparition accidentelle de 27 mineurs
dissimul�e par les propri�taires de mine de charbon

* Fran�ais : France : Syndicats & ONG s'opposent au projet de loi
qu'ils disent �r�duirait � n�ant� protections contre la discrimination au

* Fran�ais : Analyse des efforts de l'industrie du chocolat pour
�liminer le travail des enfants dans les plantations de cacao

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