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Business & human rights: Weekly Update - May 6, 2009

Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 6 May 2009

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* UK Parliament Joint Committee inquiry on business & human rights - submissions by:
- Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition & London School of Economics
- Rights & Accountability in Development
- Richard Hermer QC, Doughty Street Chambers
- Business for Social Responsibility
- Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

* Report from John Ruggie to UN Human Rights Council: "Business and human rights: Towards operationalizing the 'protect, respect and remedy' framework"

* New summary profile: Jeppesen lawsuit (re extraordinary rendition flights)

* NGOs raise concerns about Rio Tinto's social & environmental impacts at its annual general meeting
- Rio Tinto response

* Publish What You Pay welcomes Rio Tinto's decision to publish payments it makes to 13 governments

* UK: Children's treatment at immigration detention centre run by Serco is "shameful", says Children's Commissioner report
- Serco response

* Lawsuit in USA against Dole over alleged payments to Colombian paramilitaries who "killed thousands"

* Vietnam: Human Rights Watch documents govt. crackdown on independent trade unions
- makes recommendations to foreign companies in Vietnam

* USA: DiversityInc top 10 companies for people with disabilities - top 5: Cisco, Ernst & Young, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Procter & Gamble

* "Amazon Crude": CBS 60 Minutes documentary on lawsuit against Chevron over pollution & health impacts in Ecuador

* EarthRights says to oil firms that new investment in Burma poses "huge risks"; corporate responsibility programmes there are "impossible"

* Zambian President says employers should not use economic downturn as excuse to abuse fundamental labour rights

* Israeli human rights org. brings lawsuit against mining companies operating in West Bank quarries, supplying settlement construction

* Yahoo! hosts business & human rights "summit" on freedom of expression - participants include human rights orgs., Google, Microsoft

* Halliburton, KBR sued in USA for alleged health impacts of garbage burning on US bases in Iraq & Afghanistan

* USA: Florida farmworkers: Compass subsidiary Bon Appétit & Coalition of Immokalee Workers form agreement on working conditions - company plans to boycott growers that do not participate

* Lebanon: NGO says disabled face widespread discrimination by employers

* India: Goa "cursed by its mineral wealth"

* Wiwa v Shell: US judge denies Shell's motion to dismiss lawsuit over 1995 execution of Nigerian activists

* Green America project to get more shareholders engaged on climate change, human rights, other issues

* "Leading Perspectives" publication on business & human rights, Business for Social Responsibility

* Round table on improving labour standards in the global electronics industry (7-8 May, Amsterdam)

* Event: Launch of ECCR report "Vulnerable Migrant Workers: The Responsibility of Business" (London, 28 May)

* Call for proposals for new book series on responsible investment - editor Dr Rory Sullivan (Insight Investment)

* Español: Según demanda en EE.UU., Dole financió paramilitares en Colombia acusados de asesinar a miles de personas

* Español: Bolivia: ONG denuncia concesiones petroleras en el Amazonas, pidiendo al gobierno "respetar" la Constitución que manda proteger a indígenas

* Español: Libro completo: "¿Pueden las empresas contribuir a los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio?" - incluye ejemplos positivos de empresas

* Español: Argentina: Manpower continuará con actividades que favorecen la inclusión laboral de mujeres en situación de cárcel

* Español: Honduras: Gildan informa a sus empleados sobre salud ocupacional, seguridad y VIH/SIDA

* Français : Maroc : Terrains de golf en croissance - leur consommation d'eau en prive les consommateurs & les agriculteurs, selon des ONG

* Français : Vietnam : Human Rights Watch dénonce la répression du syndicalisme indépendant

* Français : Nestlé annonce trois nouvelles initiatives, dont un programme mondial d'éducation sur la nutrition & la santé en coopération avec l'ONU

* Français : Gabon : AREVA va évaluer et surveiller l'impact sanitaire et environnemental de ses anciennes activités minières à Mounana

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