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Red Flags Launched in London 23 May

International Alert and the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies launched the Red Flags guide and web site 23 May at a seminar in London.

The launch at a seminar at the Institute of Directors in London. On the panel were: John Ruggie, UN; Edward Bickham, Anglo-American plc; Mark Taylor, Fafo; and Dan Smith, International Alert

Court in Ecuador Hands Down Landmark Decision Against Chevron
An Ecuadoran judge has ordered Chevron to pay US$ 9 billion for environmental damages in the country's Amazon region. The landmark decision comes after a titanic legal battle for years in both US and Ecuadoran courts and marks what experts are calling the largest order for environmental damages every issued by a court.
Governments Must Remove Barriers to Corporate Accountability says new report
A report out this week from Fafo, Amnesty International, and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre identifies obstacles to judicial remedies for business involvement in human rights abuses and sets out a series of reforms. The report argues governments need to take urgent action.
Veolia divests under public and legal pressure
Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reports the French transport company Veolia is pulling out of a controversial light rail project in Jerusalem. A French court agreed in 2009 to hear a lawsuit brought against Veolia and Alstom by solidarity activists who argue the project is in violation of international law. Veolia had gone to court in Sweden after a decision by Stockholm authorities to end its 3.5 billion Euro contract running the city's public transport system. Human Rights organisations say the decision may have been influenced by Veolia's involvement in projects in the occupied West Bank.
Expert Legal Panel Report on Corporate Complicity in International Crimes Released
The International Commission of Jurists Expert Legal Panel on Corporate Complicity in International Crimes released its report 16 September, after more than two years of work. The three volume report deals with the legal and public policy meaning of corporate complicity (accomplice liability) in the worst violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that amount to international crimes.
Chief Justice calls for enforcement
Mr. Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada told lawyers with the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association that they should work to convince their employers to close the gap with respect to multinational corporations and human rights. Chief Justice Binnie said “An effective enforcement mechanism operates not just for the protesters, but for the companies so that these allegations can be nailed down and responded to in an effective way.”
UN endoreses framework for business and human rights
The UN's John Ruggie presented his framework "Protect, Respect and Remedy" to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2008. You can find all the key materials, including the report and responses, at his web page hosted at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.
Red Flags Launched in London 23 May
International Alert and the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies launched the Red Flags guide and web site 23 May at a seminar in London.
UN calls on states to strenghten regulation of companies in conflict zones
"The hardware used in conflict, including guns, tanks and landmines, is produced and sold by private companies, and when such tools of war are cheaply and widely available, they become a hazard to peace." The Secretary General's report on Conflict Prevention in Africa (January 2008) calls on states to do more to "to strengthen the international regulatory framework".
Companies should obey the law in lawless lands
National laws are slowly becoming tools for protecting human rights worldwide. Mark Taylor explains in 'The Lawyer'.
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