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Myanmar: Suspend copper mine linked to ongoing human rights abuses

The Myanmar authorities must immediately halt operations at a giant copper mine co-owned by a Chinese company and the Myanmar military, which continues to be plagued by human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today in a new report. The Letpadaung mine is operated by Wanbao Mining, a subsidiary of NORINCO, a Chinese state-owned conglomerate with interests in arms manufacturing and mining – and began shipping copper in September 2016.

Date:
10 February 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Business and Human Rights

Myanmar: Mountain of trouble: Human rights abuses continue at Myanmar’s Letpadaung mine

This briefing examines the current human rights situation at Myanmar's largest copper mine, the Letpadaung mine. The operating company, a subsidiary of China’s Wanbao Mining, intends to extend the mine’s perimeter, putting hundreds of people at risk of forced eviction from their homes and farmland. The company has also failed to undertake an adequate environmental assessment of the mine, putting the safety of the neighbouring communities at risk.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5564/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Business and Human Rights

Thailand must cease prosecution of human rights defenders

Thailand’s use of criminal defamation laws and the Computer Crimes Act to prosecute human rights defenders violates its international obligations and increases risk for businesses that source goods from Thailand. This joint Open Letter calls for reform, from a coalition of 110 civil society groups, worker organizations, businesses and members of the European Parliament sent to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on International Human Rights Day.

Date:
12 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 39/5333/2016
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  • Myanmar
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Myanmar: Sulphuric acid factory behind health fears must be relocated

The Myanmar government must immediately order the relocation of a sulphuric acid factory built dangerously close to a village, which is continuing to operate despite grave concerns over its health and environmental impact, said Amnesty International today. Residents of Kankone village told Amnesty International on a recent research mission to Myanmar that they are suffering from strong-smelling factory emissions that are causing respiratory, skin and eye problems.

Date:
20 July 2016
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  • Myanmar
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Myanmar: UN support is still required to improve the human rights situation Amnesty International’s written statement to the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council (29 February-24 March 2016)

The recent elections in Myanmar should not be seen as a sign that the UN Human Rights Council’s (Council/HRC) engagement is no longer needed in Myanmar. When it assumes power at the beginning of April 2016, Myanmar’s new government will be confronted with a wide range of human rights challenges, and it is unclear, at this stage, what capacity it will have to address them. The Council’s attention on the human rights situation in Myanmar is still necessary to ensure the new government receives the support it needs to fulfil its international human rights obligations and commitments.

Date:
15 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 16/3436/2016
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  • Africa
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Democratic Republic of Congo: "This is what we die for": Human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt

This report documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep underground, and accidents are common. Despite the potentially fatal health effects of prolonged exposure to cobalt, adult and child miners work without even the most basic protective equipment.

Date:
19 January 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 62/3183/2016
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Myanmar: Letpadaung mine protesters still denied justice

Myanmar’s government stands accused of putting profits before human rights at the Letpadaung copper mine, with continued detention of activists and continued refusal to investigate use of white phosphorous against peaceful protestors, said Amnesty International today. Three years ago, on 29 November 2012, security forces used white phosphorous, a highly toxic explosive substance, in a deliberate attack on villagers and monks who were protesting the negative impacts of the Letpadaung mine, part of the Monywa copper mining project in the Sagaing region of North-West Myanmar.

Date:
27 November 2015
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Business and Human Rights

Amnesty International's Submission to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Environmental and Social Framework Consultation (ESF), October 2015

Amnesty International lays out concerns with the current draft of the Environmental and Social Framework, in particular related to: a number of loopholes and disclaimers in the policies; confusing or contradictory language; together with some significant gaps in the draft that, if not addressed, are likely to undermine the overall strength of the document. The result of these weaknesses is that there is a significant risk that the AIIB may fund projects that are likely to result in negative human rights impacts.

Date:
23 October 2015
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
IOR 10/2736/2015
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US tech companies must not be complicit in China’s internet repression

American tech companies seeking access to China’s domestic market must not turn a blind eye to the country’s severe internet-related human rights abuses, Amnesty International said ahead of a meeting between China’s President Xi Jinping and top US tech firms on Wednesday. Senior executives from Apple, Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft are expected to attend the US-China Internet Industry Forum in Seattle, which is part of President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the USA.

Date:
23 September 2015
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  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

Post-2015 outcome document: redlines and proposals on follow-up

Statement by Amnesty International, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Human Rights Watch (July 2015) As international human rights organizations who have been advocating for the SDG commitments to be underpinned by robust monitoring and review mechanisms, we are deeply concerned that the framework for follow-up and review outlined in the final draft of the outcome document (dated 8 July 2015) for the September Summit is very vague and falls far short of what will be required to ensure effective implementation.

Date:
21 July 2015
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
POL 30/2131/2015