Abuse of migrant workers in Thai Chicken production

The four major companies producing broiler chicken in Thailand have been shown to violate labour rights in the production facilities. The companies Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL, Laemthong Corporation Group, Centaco Group and Saha Farms Group are found to have in particular, violated the rights of vulnerable migrant workers in the industry.

An investigation by Finnwatch in September 2015 looked at six large factories in six Thai provinces.   ... →

Nestlé, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland: child slavery in Cote D’Ivor case

As Facing Finance reported in January of this year, six former child slaves who had been trafficked from Mali to Cote D’Ivoire filed a suit against Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill, alleging they were forced to harvest cocoa.

After first filing their case against Nestle, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland in 2005, the former child slaves faced a protracted legal onslaught.   ... →

Financial sectors’ association with human rights abuses of asylum seekers in Australia

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A new report released by the Human Rights Law Centre and partners, details the extent of financial sector involvement in companies associated with human rights abuses in Australia’s offshore detention centres (ODC’s).

It draws attention to the company Ferrovial, a global services company. Ferrovial acquired Broadspectrum in May 2016, despite the knowledge that it was responsible for human rights abuses at the core of the offshore detention regime.   ... →

British American Tobacco: Human Rights Violations in Bangladesh

Recently Facing Finance published the results of a study by Human Rights Watch on the working conditions occurring on Indonesian tobacco plantations.

Now the Swedish organization, Swedwatch, reports on similar incidents of environmental and human rights violations this time in Bangladesh. According to the study entitled “Smokescreen in the supply chain”, the suppliers of British American Tobacco (BAT) in Bangladesh are responsible for serious violations of human rights, including widespread child labour, significant health and safety issues and also over-indebtedness of workers.   ... →

German government bans unconventional fracking

 Protest gegen Frackingvorhaben in Deutschland. ©Uwe Hiksch | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Uwe Hiksch [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] - flickr

On June 24, the German Bundestag addressed the issue of fracking, in particular to address and distinguish conventional from unconventional fracking. While conventional fracking has been applied in Germany for a long time, there is now a ban on the unconventional degradation in slate, clay, and coal seem rock due to the Water Resources Act. Existing regulations for fracking in sandstone (conventional fracking) were tightened up in relation to drinking water protection, and the application of fracking technology has also been prohibited in sensitive areas such as national parks and water points.   ... →

New study by Global Witness shows a dramatic increase in killings of land and environmental defenders

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On 20th June 2016 the NGO Global Witness published their new study “On Dangerous Ground” drawing attention to the dramatic worldwide increase of killings of land and environmental defenders.

The study documents 185 murders in a total of 16 countries which is the highest homicide rate since records began in 2002 and an increase of over 59% compared to the previous year.   ... →