New body of research clarifies why & how businesses should support civic freedoms & human rights defenders

Shared space under pressure: Business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders Business & Human Rights Resource Centre & ISHR (authored by Bennett Freeman)This guidance advises companies as they address the practical challenges as well as opportunities to support civil society and human rights defenders. It explains the normative framework, the business case and … Continue reading New body of research clarifies why & how businesses should support civic freedoms & human rights defenders

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Europe takes a big step towards companies having a ‘duty of care’ on human rights

Finland takes the drive for mandatory human rights due diligence to the European Union. Last week, just prior to taking over the European Union presidency, the new Finnish government announced plans to make it compulsory for companies to conduct human rights checks. A year ago, this would have seemed out of the ordinary. But growing … Continue reading Europe takes a big step towards companies having a ‘duty of care’ on human rights

Canada: Mining companies to face charges against human rights abuses in their operations abroad

Author: Andrew Findlay, The Narwhal, Published on: 14 June 2019 "Canadian mining companies will now face human rights charges in Canadian courts", 7 Jun 2019 In April 2013, a group of Guatemalan farmers, among them Adolpho Augustin Garcia, converged outside the front entrance of Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine... Garcia and fellow protesters faced off against … Continue reading Canada: Mining companies to face charges against human rights abuses in their operations abroad

Victims of marine pollution in Vietnam file lawsuit against Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan Author: Chinese Lingua team, Global Voice

  "Vietnamese victims of 2016 marine disaster have filed a landmark lawsuit against Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan", 11 Jun 2019 In a landmark move, victims of the 2016 marine disaster that affected the coastal communities in central Vietnam filed a transnational lawsuit against the Taiwanese corporation responsible for the environmental damage, Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), on … Continue reading Victims of marine pollution in Vietnam file lawsuit against Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan Author: Chinese Lingua team, Global Voice

Environmentalists winning battle in lawsuits

 8 Jun 2019 Nine years later, Duigan salutes six fellow environmental activists who have been sued by Australian mining firm Mineral Commodities Ltd (MRC) and its local subsidiary, Mineral Sands Resources, and Zamile Qunya, its BEE partner, to the tune of R9.25m... The defamation suits, which have been described as SLAPP suits, are based on … Continue reading Environmentalists winning battle in lawsuits