Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - April 2, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 2 Apr 2008

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* So. Africa: Human Rights Commission to investigate how mining affects
rights of nearby communities

* "Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice II": New publication by
UN Global Compact & UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Includes 20 company cases studies

* Dem. Rep. of Congo plans certification scheme for conflict-free

* Canadian companies continue Tibet investments despite protests

* Alcoa invests in social projects near its Brazil mine - Wall St.
Journal says this marks shift in relations between mining firms & local
communities in developing countries

* Equatorial Guinea: 2 killed in clash between striking Chinese
construction workers & security forces

* So. Africa: Sasol to sell $3.2 billion of shares to black investors,
in largest deal of its kind to help compensate for apartheid

* China: GE lighting supplier & joint venture accused of subjecting
workers to toxins - GE says it will investigate

* Ghana: Acci�n Intl. & Ecobank launch joint microfinance bank

* Philippines: OceanaGold guard likely to be charged in shooting of
unarmed villager
- OceanaGold supports the police investigation

* Peru: Cicada Films accused of bringing "epidemic" to isolated Indians
- company denies allegations

* India: Health ministry plans bill to ban HIV/AIDS discrimination

* IBM sends 100 employees to address socio-economic issues in emerging
countries - "corporate version of Peace Corps"

* Amazon Watch urges fines for Chevron in USA - says company
misrepresents potential liability in Ecuador lawsuit
- Chevron response

* Independent advisory panel to BP's Tangguh gas project in West Papua
issues sixth report
- BP response

* "Business & Human Rights: Profits Before People?" - Rights &
Accountability in Development event, London, 18 Apr

* Espa�ol: Chile: Se estrena la nueva justicia laboral con primeras
demandas contra empresas

* Espa�ol: EE.UU.: Demanda contra supermercado Albertson's por
represalias contra trabajadores hispanos que denunciaron acoso racial

* Espa�ol: Confederaci�n Espa�ola de Hoteles apoya iniciativa que
promueve la normalizaci�n laboral de personas con discapacidad

* Espa�ol: Ecuador: Explotaci�n de cobre a gran escala por la minera
canadiense Ecsa - �fuente de riqueza o de conflicto social?
- Incluye comentarios de la empresa

* Espa�ol: Nicaragua: Un concurso premiar� a las Pymes que sean m�s
sustentables "en lo econ�mico, social y ambiental"

* Fran�ais : P�rou : Equipe de t�l� de Cicada Films accus�e d'avoir
provoqu� une "�pid�mie" chez des Indiens isol�s
- Cicada d�ment les accusations

* Fran�ais : La Vend�e, France : Directeurs d'entreprise condamnent la
r�pression au Tibet, mais "ne peuvent pas se permettre de ne pas
travailler avec la Chine"

* Fran�ais : B�nin : Cr�ation d'une coalition d'entreprises pour la
lutte contre le VIH/SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme

* Fran�ais : Bangladesh : Grameen Bank & Veolia Eau cr�ent une soci�t�
commune pour fournir l'eau potable aux populations rurales d�munies

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