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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

DRC Victims File Suit in Montreal
Congolese citizens filed a class action today in a Montreal court against a Canadian company alleging the company played a role in the massacre of more than seventy people in DRC in 2004. The suit claims the company provided logistical assistance to the Congolese military units which then violated human rights and committed crimes.
Conflict Minerals Law Passed in U.S.
A new U.S. law requires publicly traded companies to disclose to the SEC whether their products contain gold, tin, tungsten or tantalum from Congo or adjacent countries. If so, they have to describe what measures they are taking to trace the minerals' origin. The State and Treasury departments are examining the possibility of future sanctions against U.S. companies that use "conflict minerals."
US Military Paying Protection Money in Afghanistan
Private companies sub-contracted to the Pentagon are allegedly "paying millions of dollars in protection money to Afghan warlords, and potentially to the Taliban, to secure convoys carrying supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan", congressional investigators said in a report.
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.
Former Blackwater President Charged in the U.S.
The former president of the US private security firm, Blackwater Worldwide, and four other former workers have been indicted under U.S. federal weapons laws that prohibit trading and stockpiling in small arms.
Mining Company Sued in UK Courts over alleged Police Torture in Peru
"A British mining corporation is facing a multimillion-pound claim for damages after protesters were detained and allegedly tortured at an opencast copper plant in northern Peru....When the protesters marched to the mine they found armed police waiting for them. They say the police were being directed by the mine's managers – although its owner, Monterrico Metals, disputes this." See article and video here:
Blackwater Gurads Indicted
Five employees of the US security firm Blackwater have been indicted by U.S. authorities over the 2007 shooting of 17 Iraqis. A sixth man has plead guilty to one killing. The firm says its guards acted in self-defense when they opened fire while defending a convoy of U.S. diplomats. They are charged with 14 counts of manslaughter and weapons charges.
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.
Charges against Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor is on trial in The Hague accused of funding Sierra Leone's former rebels, the Revolutionary United Front by selling diamonds on their behalf and buying weapons for them. "RUF fighters were notorious for hacking off the arms and legs of the civilian population with machetes, as well as killing, raping and robbing them" the BBC reports.
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