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Indonesia: Government must investigate Wilmar labour practices as company attempts to cover up abuse claims

Agri giant Wilmar’s campaign to cover up labour abuses exposed in a damning Amnesty International report is being aided by the Indonesian government’s failure to investigate claims against the palm oil company. Despite reports that the authorities would create a special task force to probe human rights abuses detailed in the report, ‘The Great Palm Oil Scandal: Labour Abuses Behind Big Brand Names’, no progress has been made.

Date:
7 March 2017
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Honduras: Justice gap over Berta Cáceres’ murder sends warning to activists

The scandalous lack of an effective investigation to find those responsible for ordering the brutal killing of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres sends a terrifying message to the hundreds of people who dare to speak out against the powerful, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the killing on 2 March. “Berta’s tragic murder illustrates the woeful state of human rights in Honduras.

Date:
27 February 2017
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  • United States of America
  • Business and Human Rights

USA: Tell Data Brokers: Do not Help Build a Muslim Registry or Facilitate Mass Deportations

While we cannot predict the future actions of the Trump administration, given Trump’s statements about building a registry in the past, we must conclude that the risks to human rights are enormous. This raises questions of data ethics and especially of international human rights responsibilities. Data brokers and data analytics companies – like all businesses – have a responsibility to respect human rights, which means they must make sure they do not cause or contribute to human rights abuses.

Date:
27 February 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/5784/2017
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  • Myanmar
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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
  • News
  • Corporate Accountability

USA: Suspending conflict minerals law would throw a cloak of secrecy over rogue business practices

President Donald Trump’s proposed suspension of a ground-breaking transparency law on conflict minerals will reward irresponsible business practices and seriously undermine global human rights protections, Amnesty International said today. “The conflict minerals law is a vital way of breaking the chain between horrific human rights abuses in Central Africa and consumer products like smart phones. By requiring companies to be transparent about how they source minerals, it throws light on shameful and secretive business practices that allow companies to benefit from conflict and abuse.

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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  • Discrimination

USA: Congress must permanently repeal muslim ban

Following the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA made the following statement: “This ruling is obviously a relief, but it won’t end the turmoil and uncertainty that this inhumane ban is causing for thousands of families,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of AIUSA. “We’re concerned by reports that some border patrol agents are still subjecting people entering the U.

Date:
9 February 2017
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  • Americas
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Colombia: Spike in killings as activists targeted amid peace process

A spike in the number of human rights activists killed in the last month highlights the continuing dangers faced by those exposing ongoing abuses, said Amnesty International today as the much-delayed talks with the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional ELN) get under way in Ecuador. The organization is calling on the government to immediately provide effective protection to at-risk human rights defenders after at least 10 were killed in January alone; nearly double last year’s monthly average.

Date:
7 February 2017
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  • Africa
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UK: Shell ruling gives green light for corporations to profit from abuses overseas

A UK High Court ruling that two Niger Delta communities devastated by oil spills cannot have their claims against Shell heard in the UK could rob them of justice and allow UK multinationals to commit abuses overseas with impunity, Amnesty International said today. The High Court ruled today that Royal Dutch Shell cannot be held responsible for the actions of its Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd.

Date:
26 January 2017
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  • Refugees

USA: We Will Fight Trump’s Effort to Close U.S. Borders

Today President Donald Trump issued several executive orders related to immigration, including constructing a wall on the border with Mexico, building more detention centers, and stripping sanctuary cities of federal funding. “We will fight this dangerous move with everything we’ve got,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “This wall would say that those from outside the United States, especially from Latin America, are to be feared and shunned – and that is just wrong.

Date:
25 January 2017
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  • Americas
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Amnesty International USA Responds to DAPL Executive Action

Today, President Trump signed an executive action advancing the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In response to the news, Amnesty International USA's Managing Director of the Individuals at Risk Program, Zeke Johnson, issued the following statement: “President Trump’s decision to disregard the serious concerns of Indigenous people about the Dakota Access Pipeline is a shameful and unconscionable attack on human rights.

Date:
24 January 2017