Thursday, July 17, 2008

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - July 16, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 16 July 2008

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* Philippines: Commission on Human Rights investigates OceanaGold over reports of home demolitions
- OceanaGold denies reports

* UN Special Representative on business & human rights: Background note on state duty to protect

* Canada: Aboriginal groups & mining firms seek to prevent future conflicts

* India: Natl. Human Rights Commission investigates allegations of abuses at POSCO's planned steel project in Orissa

* Wal-Mart signs collective labour contract with employees at one of its China outlets - first by Wal-Mart in China

* USA: Tomato farmworkers may battle growers' association over implementation of agreement with fast food firms on pay, working conditions

* High gold prices drive mining firms to remote areas, leading to clashes with artisanal miners in Ghana, Peru

* Nigeria: Kano state govt. & victims group reject Pfizer's $10 million offer to settle drug test participants' claims of injuries

* Business for Social Responsibility launches project to help business protect international migrant workers' rights

* Radio discussion of Natl. Labor Committee report on alleged labour abuses in Toyota plants, supply chain
- Written response by Toyota

* Anglo American CEO Mark Moody-Stuart responds to questions about its investments in Zimbabwe

* "Subsidizing Sweatshops" report (further to our 9 July Update)
- Response by Eagle Industries
- We have invited Propper International and Fechheimer Brothers to respond, but they have not responded

* Wal-Mart launches jewellery line allowing tracing of materials - NGOs hail adherence to code on cyanide management

* Danish Institute for Human Rights to release China country risk assessment

* Jernej Cernic, reviewing John Ruggie's 2008 report, calls for "concrete victim-oriented measures & solutions"

* Español: Perú: Investigarán muerte de minero en choque con la policía durante marcha de protesta contra empresa

* Español: ONU renueva mandato del representante especial sobre empresas y derechos humanos, John Ruggie

* Español: MicroBank (La Caixa) canalizará 60 millones de euros en microcréditos a colectivos desfavorecidos

* Español: Argentina: La cámara laboral condena a empresa a indemnizar a una empleada que fue asediada por compañero de trabajo

* Français : Madagascar : Le PNUD encourage les entreprises à créer des emplois pour les démunis - cas d'étude de Bionexx

* Français : France : Casino publie les résultats d'un testing de discrimination à l'embauche - la moitié des établissements préfère le candidat d'origine « hexagonale »

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