Reading time: 2 minutes Human Trafficking plagues cities and countries globally, with millions of women, men, and children facing this form of slavery and exploitation. In a joint effort between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, came the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report which reveals that 25 million people were forced into labor last year…

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Reading time: 3 minutes Since September, over 600,000 Rohingyas have been forcibly displaced under threat of genocide and sexual abuse from the Burmese regime, with most fleeing into neighboring Bangladesh. The Rohingya, a Muslim minority group with centuries-old roots in Rakhine state, are being denied statehood and virtually erased as the world watches. News outlets overwhelmingly focus on Aung…

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In 2009, Environmental Defender Law Center investigated claims by 28 Peruvian activists that they had been kidnapped and tortured at a mine site owned by English mining company Monterrico Metals. Recent court hearings have revealed new evidence. Trial is likely mid-2017.

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Human rights in the context of extraction, exploitation, and development activities. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) report seeks to highlight the breadth and complexity of the problems caused by extractive and development activities in the region, and to set forth a comprehensive framework of Inter-American Human Rights standards on the subject.

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Document recounting discussion during the second session of the intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

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Conservation and indigenous peoples’ rights. In the report, the Special Rapporteur provides a brief summary of her activities since her previous report to the Assembly, as well as a thematic analysis of conservation measures and their impact on indigenous peoples’ rights.

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This study looks at the intersection of mining, development and human rights law. It examines in depth a range of areas, including both small-scale artisanal mining and large-scale mining. It concludes, speaking very generally, that the larger mining operations risk salient breaches of human rights related to land and the environment, whilst the smaller mining operations are more likely to create and perpetuate labor-related human rights problems.

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This video provides the full panel that occurred in April 2015 at Simon Fraser University in Canada. The different speakers talk on the accountability of Canadian companies abroad, the rights of indigenous groups in both a political and legal sense and the mindset of extractivism in Canada. There is a special focus on the different legal systems which arise in mining struggles – national, international and indigenous.

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On June 26, 2014, under the leadership of Ecuador and South Africa, the UN Human Rights Council passed landmark resolution 26/9, establishing an open-ended inter-governmental working group (IGWG) that is mandated to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (hereinafter, the Treaty). It was a tight vote: the resolution was supported by 20 states, mainly from Africa and Asia, and opposed by 14, including the United States and the European Union, with 13 abstentions. The resolution strikes a nerve — and there is much expectation around it.

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A false picture of a sustainable industry was painted for investors and other participants, in August 2016 at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which ignores the harmful impacts of the aggressive expansion of the palm oil industry on local communities.

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