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Business & human rights: Weekly Update - May 21, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 21 May 2008

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* Joint NGO statement on report by John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on business & human rights

* John Ruggie: "Business and Human Rights: A Political Scientist's Guide to Survival in a Domain Where Lawyers and Activists Reign"

* "In the wake of ArcelorMittal" - NGOs allege social, environmental abuses in India, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, USA, others
- ArcelorMittal response

* China: Earthquake relief efforts by companies

* Company contributions to Burma cyclone relief

* "Monsanto's Harvest of Fear" - Vanity Fair report details environmental legacy, treatment of farmers
- Monsanto's letter to Vanity Fair
- Monsanto letter to Resource Centre

* Launch of "Red Flags: Liability risks for companies operating in high-risk zones", 23 May, London

* Co-operative Bank (UK) declines loans to companies controlled by sovereign wealth funds of countries with poor human rights records
- Co-op Bank & Amnesty Intl. mark 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration

* Burma Campaign UK says Total has helped to keep in power government that is "killing thousands by denying aid"
- Total's response

* US Senate committee hearing on "Global Internet Freedom: Corporate Responsibility and the Rule of Law"
- Testimonies by Google, Yahoo!, Cisco, Human Rights Watch

* Civil society orgs. call on UN Global Compact to influence PetroChina over Darfur
- UN Global Compact response

* UK: CAFOD, Fair Pensions alert pension funds to risks of investing in mining projects that harm human rights, environment

* Shell threatened with potential lawsuit in Netherlands over pollution in Nigeria

* IBM & researchers launch "supercomputer" to help tackle global hunger

* Debate between Georg Kell & Bart Slob: Is the UN Global Compact raising corporate responsibility standards?

* Global Reporting Initiative conference - podcast of special event on human rights

* Calls for EU to make trade conditional on efforts to end child labour
- Comments invited on paper: "Child Labour and CSR - What should the European Union do?"

* Interview with Cordula Droege, Intl. Committee of the Red Cross, on Swiss Govt. initiative on private military & security firms
- Expert meeting examines legal framework governing PMSCs

* further to our 30 Apr Update: Total response to EarthRights report on Burma

* further to our 30 Apr Update: ArcelorMittal response to "Toxic 100" report

* Zimbabwe Business Council takes steps to strengthen private sector response to HIV/AIDS

* Job announcement: Researcher on extractive companies, Amnesty Intl., London

* Job announcement: Short-term Assistant Policy Officer, Economic Relations, Amnesty Intl., London

* Job announcement: Corporate Social Responsibility consultants with knowledge of human rights - Maplecroft, UK

* Español: Intermón Oxfam pide a Repsol YPF que respete a pueblos indígenas
- presidente de la empresa dice estar preparando documento al respecto

* Español: Telefónica dona 1 millón de euros para las víctimas del terremoto en China - ayuda orientada a los niños

* Español: Argentina: Cámara Federal rechaza decisión del juez que sobreseyó a tres directivos de empresa Gilmar diciendo que trabajo semi-esclavo de inmigrantes es "costumbre boliviana"

* Español: Ecuador: Guardias de seguridad privada incurren en delitos que atribuyen a pésimas condiciones laborales

* Español: Argentina: Cervecería Quilmes lanza campaña de concientización sobre la seguridad en el trabajo

* Español: España: Critican autorización a fábrica que emite "sustancias cancerígenas" - consejería dice que empresa cumple normativa

* Español: Argentina: Preparan denuncia ante la OCDE por supuesto impacto ambiental y sanitario de Shell - empresa dice cumplir con requisitos

* Français : "Avis sur la responsabilité des entreprises en matière de droits de l'homme", Com. Nle. Consultative des Droits de l'Homme (France)

* Français : Débat sur les multinationales & les droits de l'homme, avec ABB, Areva, OIT, Déclaration de Berne, International Alert

* Français : Inde : Manifestation d'autochtones contre un projet minier de Vedanta
- Article avec la réponse de Vedanta (seulement en anglais)

* Français : Les entreprises françaises se mobilisent pour les sinistrés du séisme en Chine

* Français : Chili: Les Mapuches chassés de leurs terres par des entreprises - absence de recours juridique et politique

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