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Yorkshire Tea responds to BBC report on child labour in Assam

Yorkshire Tea, part of Taylors of Harrogate, have presented their conclusions from their own inquiry following BBC reports of child labour and other problems on tea estates in Assam.

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Rana Plaza factory owner charged with murder over collapse

The authorities in Bangladesh have said that they are to press murder charges against the owners of the Rana Plaza factory where over 1,100 people died in 2013. In total 41 people are to be charged who are held to have shared "collective responsibility" for the factory's collapse which became the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh's history and the third worst worldwide. The number includes more than a dozen government officials.

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Indonesia: Greenpeace reverses decision not to work with Asia Pulp and Paper

Greenpeace has said that it will once again work with Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) after it suspended dealings with the company following the death of an Indonesian farmer.

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South Africa: Anglo American criticised over silicosis payments

Anglo American was criticised at its AGM for what was described as procrastination over the payment of compensation to former gold miners who are dying of the effects of silicosis.

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Uganda: Orange withdraws advertising from anti-gay newspaper

Global telecom company Orange has withdrawn its advertising from the Ugandan tabloid newspaper that has pursued a vigorous anti-gay campaign over recent months.

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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and ABF criticised for 'land grab'

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.

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US: Shell Nigeria case blow for Alien Tort campaigners

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.

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Walmart targeted over labour practices at CJ Seafood

Over 140,000 people have signed a petition calling on Walmart to end its relationship with supplier CJ Seafood for alleged abusive working conditions.


US: Surveillance firms attacked for 'we sell to anyone' attitude

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.

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Nigeria: Shell linked to military abuses in 1990s

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.


Germany: Stasi documents suggest IKEA used GDR prisoners as slave labour

Swedish retail firm Ikea used political prisoners in East Germany to make furniture, according to Stasi documents recently unearthed according to the Daily Telegraph.

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China: Attack on Cisco over human rights intensifies

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.

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Peru: Mining firm pays out to shot and tortured protesters

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.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russia: Amnesty International declares Khodorkovsky 'prisoner of conscience'

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.

Amnesty International attacks draft Ruggie human rights standards

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.

Germany: Government bans Heckler and Koch gun exports to Mexico

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.

EU firms 'exporting torture equipment', Amnesty says

Euro MPs have heard claims that EU companies are exporting equipment used for torture despite legislation aimed at preventing such trade.

Michael Sata

Zambia: Chinese companies accused of creating 'slave labour' conditions

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.

Jacob Zuma

South Africa: Apartheid case against companies divides opinion

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.

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US: Pension group TIAA-Cref disinvests from Sudan

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.

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