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Business & human rights: Weekly Update - April 8, 2009

Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 8 Apr 2009

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* Dem. Rep. of Congo: "Enough Project" calls on electronics companies to avoid fueling conflict, gender violence through mineral supply chains

* Thailand: Villagers win case against Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) - lawsuit alleged health problems & deaths caused by pollution

* Nigeria: Kano state and Pfizer agree settlement in lawsuit over drug trials that allegedly killed 11 children

* Lawsuit against Shell for alleged complicity in death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & other Ogoni activists in Nigeria to be heard in New York, 26 May
- Background material & commentaries provided

* European Parliament's Sub-Committee on Human Rights - Public hearing on business & human rights, Brussels, 16 Apr
- UN Special Representative John Ruggie participating

* HP reports on its engagement with SACOM (Hong Kong NGO) on supply chain labour rights, publishes list of top suppliers

* "Shoprite in Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia" - report by Bench Marks Foundation examines social impacts
- includes Shoprite response

* Human Rights & Business Roundtable expands its dialogues on operations in conflict zones - to include representatives of govts., intl. finance institutions

* OECD Guidelines' UK Natl. Contact Point to consider Survival Intl. complaint against Vedanta, regarding plans to mine tribal lands in Orissa, India
- Vedanta response can be found within the contact point's "initial assessment" of the case

* "A recipe for hunger": Intl. Trade Union Confederation report highlights trade, financial & business causes of global food crisis - including "massive profit-taking by a few multinational companies"

* "Mining industry perspectives on handling community grievances" - report by Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Univ. of Queensland, with Harvard Kennedy School's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

* Uruguay: Human Rights Watch asks govt. to investigate whether TV stations' refusal to run sexual orientation awareness advert was discriminatory

* SustainAbility briefing on business & displacement

* Air France/KLM, BAA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic propose global greenhouse gas scheme with climate NGO

* World Federation of Diamond Bourses bans diamonds from eastern Zimbabwe over rights abuses at Chiadzwa fields

* New summary profile: Lawsuit against Nokia re Hepatitis B discrimination in China

* PepsiCo adopts human right to water policy
- social investment group welcomes move, will assist & monitor implementation

* Peru: Govt. gives companies 90 days to implement policies to prevent HIV/AIDS discrimination

* Middle East & No. Africa: "From Corporate Philanthropy to Strategic Partnerships: The Potential of Inclusive and Sustainable Business Models" (with case examples)

* Japan: "Sour Strawberries" - documentary on labour abuses of non-Japanese migrant workers

* Job announcement: Policy adviser - private sector, Oxfam (UK - deadline 20 Apr)

* Panel event on business role in the fight against malnutrition, Geneva, 22 Apr

* New book: "Human Rights and Corporations"
- edited by David Kinley, contributions by Surya Deva, Harold Koh, Dinah Shelton, Beth Stephens, Halina Ward, David Weissbrodt, others

* Español: Paraguay: Gobierno establece comisión para erradicar el creciente trabajo forzoso - indígenas del Chaco entre los más afectados

* Español: Uruguay: Human Rights Watch pide que el gobierno investigue posible discriminación por parte de canales de televisión privados que se negaron a emitir un aviso para concientizar sobre la discriminación por orientación sexual

* Español: Perú: Empresas deberán tomar medidas contra la discriminación por VIH/SIDA

* Español: Nuevo libro: ¿Pueden las empresas contribuir a los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio?
- Libro reúne mejores prácticas de empresas como Novartis, Agbar, BBVA, Gas Natural, Telefónica

* Español: Informe de ONGs dice que evasión de impuestos de empresas mineras en África perjudica lucha contra la pobreza

* Español: Indígenas de Ecuador piden a Amnistía Internacional y a la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos vigilar fase final de juicio a Chevron

* Français : Les sénateurs verts français veulent une enquête sur les conséquences sanitaires & environnementales des activités d'Areva à l'étranger

* Français : Kenya : Pratiques durables aux plantations de thé d'Unilever

* Français : Table ronde sur le développement durable dans les pays du Sud avec Rio Tinto Alcan, Hydro-Québec, Dessau - Montréal, 30 avril

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