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Campaigning NGO Oxfam has highlighted Coca-Cola and PepsiCo as being amongst the companies it claims are benefiting from land taken from indigenous communities across the world.
The US Supreme Court has thrown out a case against Shell alleging human rights abuses in Nigeria. The nine justices were unanimous in their view that the use of the Alien Tort Statute was not intended to be applied outside the US.
Over 140,000 people have signed a petition calling on Walmart to end its relationship with supplier CJ Seafood for alleged abusive working conditions.
A senior advisor to Hillary Clinton has criticised companies which sell equipment that can be used for censorship by repressive regimes. Alec Ross was responding to comments by Jerry Lucas, President of Intelligence Support Systems (ISS) that for-profit companies like his could sell what they wanted to whoever was willing to pay.
Shell funded police actions in Ogoniland that led to human rights abuses, according to court documents recently released. Confidential internal communications suggest that the company paid Nigeria's military to stop protests against its presence.
Swedish retail firm Ikea used political prisoners in East Germany to make furniture, according to Stasi documents recently unearthed according to the Daily Telegraph.
US group the Human Rights Law Foundation has alleged that Cisco tailored its technology specifically to enable its use in human rights abuses. The company has always said that it sold its technology as standard, and could not be held accountable for what the Chinese authorities went on to do with it.
Monterrico Metals has paid compensation to 33 protesters who were allegedly shot at, beaten and tortured by police during a protest against the company's Majaz mine in 2005.
Following the rejection of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's appeal against convictions on money laundering, Amnesty International has made a statement to declare that it now holds the former businessman, along with his colleague Platon Lebedev, to be a prisoner of conscience.
A group of human rights NGOs, including Amnesty International, has said that it opposes the current draft standards for companies on human rights drawn up by John Ruggie, the United Nations Special Representative on the subject.
The German government has told weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch that it should not carry out arms shipments to Mexico due to concerns that the guns are being used in human rights abuses.
Euro MPs have heard claims that EU companies are exporting equipment used for torture despite legislation aimed at preventing such trade.
The leader of Zambia's main opposition party, Michael Sata, has said that Chinese and other Asian mining companies are showing almost no consideration for worker safety or local culture. Mr Sata - who may become the new president in elections in 2011 - attacked current government policies that give special tax status to foreign investors.
A US court has been hearing an appeal by a number of companies, including IBM, Daimler and General Motors, to dismiss a suit that seeks damages from them for their role in South Africa during the time of Apartheid. The appeal argues that the US court has no jurisdiction over the matter, and companies could not be held responsible for the actions of the then South African government.
TIAA-Cref has announced that it is sellings its stakes in four companies that have failed to respond to its concerns about operations in Sudan. The move makes it the first major US asset manager to take this action.
A suit brought against oil giant Shell by four Nigerian farmers can be heard in a Dutch court, it has been ruled. Shell had opposed the move, arguing that it court had no authority in the case.
British mining firm Monterrico Metals has said that gunmen have attacked its copper mine leaving at least two of its workers dead. The company is currently the subject of legal action accusing it of complicity in the torture and killing of protestors.
British metals firm AMC has said that it will no longer buy tin ore from the Democratic Republic of Congo because it is worried that revenues are going directly towards supporting fighting and human rights abuses.
A US federal appeals court has said that it can find no connection between Coca-Cola or its Colombian bottling subsidiary in attacks made against union leaders during the last decade.
Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5m to conclude lawsuits over political executions in Nigeria, including the killing of the environmental protester Ken Saro-Wiwa by the Nigerian government. The plaintiffs had argued that the company was implicated in the killings.
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