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Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour

Unilever, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble among nine household names contributing to labour abuse The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

Date:
30 November 2016
  • News
  • Indonesia
  • Corporate Accountability

Case studies: Palm oil and human rights abuses

Many of the world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil, an ingredient that is tainted by shocking human rights abuses. Amnesty International investigated labour exploitation on plantations in Indonesia that provide palm oil to Wilmar, the world’s largest processor and merchandiser of palm oil. We spoke to 120 workers, including children, who work on palm plantations in Kalimantan and Sumatra in Indonesia and heard about the human rights abuses that go into making many of our favourite household brands.

Date:
30 November 2016
  • Research
  • Indonesia
  • Business and Human Rights

Indonesia: Company responses to Amnesty International regarding palm oil in global operations

While conducting research into labour abuse on palm oil plantations in Indonesia, Amnesty International traced the movement of palm oil from specific refineries or mills directly supplied by the plantations investigated to several well-known consumer brands. Each of these companies were contacted and asked about their palm oil supply and their human rights due diligence practices. These were their responses.

Date:
30 November 2016
Ref:
ASA 21/5230/2016
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Corporate Accountability

Electric cars: Running on child labour?

Leading electric car makers must come clean to their consumers about the steps they are taking to keep child labour out of their supply chains, and be open about any abuses that they do find, Amnesty International said today, ahead of the Paris Motor Show where new models of electric cars will be displayed. Leading electric car makers General Motors (GM), Renault-Nissan and Tesla have failed to disclose the steps they are taking to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers as young as seven in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is not used in their batteries.

Date:
30 September 2016
  • Research
  • Eritrea
  • Unlawful Detention

Eritrea: Just deserters: Why indefinite National Service in Eritrea has created a generation of refugees: Revised edition

Eritrea is one of the biggest refugee producing countries in the world. During the European summer in 2015, headlines, political summits and activism abounded over the refugee crisis. The largest groups among those risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean were Syrians and Afghans, fleeing from armed conflict and abuses by non-state actors including the Islamic State. But the third biggest group crossing the Mediterranean were Eritreans, fleeing from a tiny country in the Horn of Africa with no ongoing armed conflict.

Date:
1 August 2016
Ref:
AFR 64/4794/2016
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Child Labour

Turkey: No safe refuge: Asylum-seekers and refugees denied effective protection in Turkey

On 18 March 2016, the EU and Turkey agreed to a far-reaching migration control deal, under which Turkey would take back all “irregular migrants” who reached the Greek islands. The main justification for the EU-Turkey Deal is the assumption that Turkey is a safe place to which asylum-seekers and refugees can be returned. This briefing exposes this assumption as a fiction.

Date:
3 June 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/3825/2016
  • Research
  • Business and Human Rights

Civil society statement at the 10th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains

National and international civil society organisations working to advance transparency and accountability in supply chains welcome this 10th Joint Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. It is a critical opportunity to review progress towards achieving real impact on the ground and in implementing the Guidance in pursuit of more responsible, transparent and resilient mineral supply chains. While we are encouraged to see that public commitment to the OECD Guidance has grown, much work is still to be done.

Date:
10 May 2016
Ref:
IOR 10/3997/2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

Africa: Oral statement by Amnesty International on Agenda Item 8 of the 58th Ordinary Session of the ACHPR: Activity Report of the Chairperson of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa

People around the world increasingly rely on rechargeable batteries to power their mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers and other portable electronic devices. A key component for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries is cobalt. More than half of the world’s total supply of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Amnesty International and Afrewatch conducted research in the artisanal cobalt mines, documenting child labour and perilous working conditions which are in stark contrast with the glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies.

Date:
9 April 2016
Ref:
AFR 01/3755/2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Business and Human Rights

EU responsible mineral sourcing regulation: Civil society response to the Council mandate agreed by Coreper on 17 December 2015

The trade in resources – such as gold, diamonds, tantalum, tin, cobalt and coal – perpetuates a cycle of conflict and human rights abuses in many fragile areas of the world. These resources end up in products that we use every day, from aeroplanes and cars to mobile phones and laptops. The EU is currently drafting a law intended to tackle this deadly trade. This briefing sets out a response from Amnesty International and civil society coalition partners to the proposal put forward by the European Council, made up of EU Member States.

Date:
9 February 2016
Ref:
IOR 10/3415/2016