In 2011 the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. These 31 principles are based on three key principles; the duty of states and enterprises to protect and respect human rights and the possibility of legal remedy in the event of human rights violations. One of the principles in relation to this is that Companies should undertake human rights due diligence assessing human rights impacts not just in their own activities, but should also linked to wider impacts of their operations and activities. ... →
On 22.September 2015, Greenpeace Southeast Asia and Philippine typhoon survivors drafted a petition requesting that the Philippine Human Rights Commission investigate the responsibility of carbon majors concerning climate change. Amnesty International, Attac and further organizations also signed the complaint.
Man-made climate change originates from decades of high greenhouse gas emissions, which were mainly pushed forward by the economic interest of oil, gas, cement and coal companies. ... →
Shrimp was once a luxury food, but today it is available in all supermarkets at a cheap price, but at what cost for the workers and producers? The Guardian UK has undertaken an investigation in Thailand over a six month period and has reported on severe conditions for those working in the industry in Thailand. Their investigation has shown that men are being bought and sold like animals, most foreign workers are sold to a boat for about 300 Euro and are often held under threat of extreme violence for years. ... →
LONDON, 4 June 2014 – the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is holding a meeting concerning the responsibilities and challenge to increase certified sustainable palm oil production. So far the certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) production worldwide has risen to 16%, but only 52% of the CSPO is bought by the industries. The ultimate goal of the RSPO is to raise this number to 100%, which means a tremendous increase in the CSPO production, and therefore also a great decrease in deforestation, development on peat lands and human rights violations. ... →
Human Rights Violations in Lesotho
Working in mines can have enduring after-effects on workers’ health. Mining workers work deep underground for many years, often without sufficient protection. Recently, a growing number of gold miners in Lesotho complained about health problems. They inhaled silica dust from gold-bearing rocks and later contracted silicosis, a lung disease which causes shortness of breath, a persistent cough and chest pains. ... →
Human Rights Violations in Ghana
As only the most recent case, Kwame Eric of Binsere, a 23 year old man, was shot near Obuasi, Ghana, in August 2011 by a private security organisation employed by AngloGold Ashanti, when unlawfully entering the company’s area.
In 2006 AngloGold Ashanti employed the services of the military to guard the company’s area. ... →