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ESCR-Net Collective Report on Business and Human Rights - 2008

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ESCR-Net’s Corporate Accountability Working Group is pleased to announce the release of its Collective Report on Business and Human Rights.
Presented directly to Members of the 8th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva during the first week of June 2008, this Collective Report on (...)

Fair law: legal proposals to improve corporate accountability for environmental and human rights abuses

Filip GREGOR, Hannah ELLIS, European coalition for corporate justice (ECCJ), May 2008, 33 p.

The first Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) can be traced back in law to the industrial age, amongst a backdrop of vast improvements in global transportation, rapidly expanding manufacturing industries and emerging notions of free trade. New legal structures were required to accommodate the huge (...)

, by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

Sustainability issues in the tea sector: a comparative analysis of six leading producing countries

Sanne van der Wal, June 2008, 110 p. (pdf)

Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, after water. For a number of developing countries it is an important commodity in terms of jobs and export earnings. Tea production is labour intensive and the industry provides jobs in remote rural areas. Millions of livelihoods around the (...)

, by ESSF

Burma, victim of the ’War on Terror’

When I phoned Aung San Suu Kyi’s home in Rangoon yesterday, I imagined the path to her door that looks down on Inya Lake. Through ragged palms, a trip-wire is visible, a reminder that this is the prison of a woman whose party was elected by a landslide in 1990, a democratic act extinguished by (...)

, by AISF

Amnesty International Report 08

World leaders owe an apology for failing to deliver on the promise of justice and equality in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted 60 years ago. In the past six decades, many governments have shown more interest in the abuse of power or in the pursuit of political (...)

The Difference Between Black Brazil and Black U.S.

by Italo Ramos

African Americans sometimes embarrass themselves, often without know it, by assuming that others from the Diaspora see the world in the same way as themselves. Blacks from other nations are also frequently puzzled and confused by U.S. Black behavior, and even the concept of Blackness that (...)

, by China Labour bulletin

Speaking out : the workers’ movement in China (2005-2006)

December 2007, 56 p. (pdf)

In 2005-2006, while the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was seeking to create a “harmonious socialist society,” factory managers withheld wages and forced employees to work excessive overtime for little or no additional pay. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) called for migrant (...)

, by China Labour bulletin

Bone and blood : the price of coal in China

March 2008, 55 p. (pdf)

Coal is the bedrock of China’s economic miracle. Domestic coal production fuels the country’s power stations, which deliver electricity to industrial plants and factories, which in turn produce the “cheap” goods eagerly bought by consumers across the globe.
A major reason why the clothes, bags, (...)

Bangladesh’s state of emergency and its impact on labour rights

Clean Clothes Campaign

Since the declaration of a State of Emergency in Bangladesh in January 2007, emergency laws have been used to suppress opposition to the government and the freedom of speech, association, assembly and expression of a wide variety of groups.
In recent months, the use of these laws to repress (...)

, by China Labour bulletin

China migrant labourers learn the law to win rights

John Ruwitch and Lindsay Beck, Reuters

Qi Yunhui didn’t even graduate from middle school, but on a recent afternoon he addressed the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court with the confidence of a seasoned litigator. When he came to Shenzhen in 2002, the fast talking native of China’s central province of Hubei worked in a leather shoe (...)

South Africa: Mourning unfreedom day

Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African shackdwellers’ movement reminds us in this statement and call to action that the structures of apartheid are still thriving in South Africa.
On Sunday it will be Freedom Day again. Once again we will be asked to go into stadiums to be told that we are (...)

, by OneWorld

Nepal’s most neglected have high hopes of Maoists

Nepalgunj: Radha Biswokarma is ecstatic that the former Maoist rebels won a landslide victory in the historic Constituent Assembly (CA) elections held in Nepal on April 10.
“Finally, we will have a lot of Dalits in the government,” said Biswokarma, who, according to the Hindu caste system, is of (...)

, by KARAT Coalition

Gender aspects : production of Next-generation electronics in Poland

Anita Seibert, MakeITfair campaign, December 2007, 38 p. (pdf)

The report focuses on working conditions in the production of consumer electronics such as mobile phones and laptops in Poland. Since the majority of workers involved in this production are women, and as the report is prepared by Karat Coalition, a non-governmental organisation focusing on (...)

Key social impacts of electronics production and WEEE-recycling in China

Andreas Manhart, Öko-Institut e.V., June 2007, 33 p. (pdf)

Both, electronics production and WEEE-recycling have major social impacts on workers, neighbouring communities and the Chinese society: While electronics production is a major driver for the country’s economic development and makes up almost two thirds of the country’s export surplus, the (...)

Goodbye to freedom ? A survey of media freedom in 20 European countries

By the Association of European Journalists, November 2007

This Survey is written by journalists active in 20 member states of the Council of Europe, the main guardian of human rights and democracy for the continent. It provides a snapshot of the many different aspects of the continuing struggle for media freedom and independence, including violence (...)