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Business & human rights: Weekly Update - December 17, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 17 Dec 2008

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* Dem. Rep. of Congo: UN expert group highlights links between the natural resources trade & conflict
- Global Witness calls for action

* Self-regulation code of conduct for private military and security companies (PMSCs), by Nils Rosemann
- includes chart showing which PMSCs have publicly recognised intl. human rights standards

* Shell video: "Shell & Human Rights" - with UN Special Rep. John Ruggie & Margaret Jungk of Danish Institute

* Intl. Rivers report "Mountains of Concrete: Dam Building in the Himalayas" highlights environmental damage, human rights abuses

* Turkey: "Inhuman" working conditions in shipbuilding industry - 17 workers died this year

* How are the largest So. African companies responding to HIV/AIDS?

* Business & Community Foundation (India) says 4-5 Dec Intl. Seminar on Business & Human Rights provided platform for companies that have abused human rights
- response by Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

* Ceres ranks companies' climate strategies
- IBM, Tesco, Dell lead; travel & leisure, restaurant, real estate, retail sectors have low average scores

* Angola: Abuses against artisanal diamond miners continue, Kimberley Process "is farce", says Rafael Marques
- Lev Leviev responds

* USA: "Specter of slavery persists" in Florida tomato fields

* Brazil: Supreme court upholds Amazon indigenous land rights over private farmers in key case

* Colombia: Cerrejón announces agreement with displaced Tabaco community - company will pay over US $3.1 million

* Global Network Initiative on internet censorship & freedom of expression: Anita Ramasastry comments on scope & limitations

* Niger: Hundreds killed, thousands displaced in brewing conflict over uranium mining

* Kenya: Companies launch programme for youth HIV prevention in partnership with US Govt.

* Corporate Watchdog Radio interviews Annabel Short & Greg Regaignon of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre on 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration

* "How to identify forced labour in your supply chains" - workshop, 15 Jan, London

* Español: Colombia: Indígenas U'wa piden a JP Morgan no comprar acciones de Ecopetrol por temores de impactos negativos de explotación petrolera

* Español: "Gestión empresarial y derechos humanos" a los 60 años de la Declaración Universal

* Español: Colombia: Cerrejón anuncia acuerdo con la comunidad de Tabaco, desplazada por la mina - pagará 7.000 millones de pesos

* Español: Colombia: 1er. reporte de avances de compromisos sociales de Cerrejón en respuesta al Panel Independiente de Revisión
- incluye tabla de progreso

* Español: Guatemala: Audiencia en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos sobre derechos laborales de trabajadores agrícolas

* Español: España: División de FCC firma plan de igualdad que cubre a 35,000 trabajadores e incluye prevención del acoso sexual

* Français : Territoires palestiniens occupés : De plus en plus de multinationales retirent leurs investissements des colonies industrielles illégales

* Français : Rép. Dém. du Congo : Financement des groupes armés par le commerce des minerais - Global Witness demande aux gouvernements d'agir en s'appuyant sur les conclusions du Groupe d'experts de l'ONU

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