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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...
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...
Africa Business and Human Rights

Democratic Republic of Congo: Company Responses to the Report: “This is what we die for”: human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt

In the report ‘”This is what we die for”: human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt’, Amnesty International documents hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the...
Africa Business and Human Rights

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...
Armed Conflict

HUMAN RIGHTS FACTS & FIGURES FOR 2014

In 2014, Amnesty International recorded and investigated human rights abuses in 160 countries and territories worldwide. While progress is being made in some areas, for many people the human rights situation is getting worse. (Statistics are not exhaustive and refer to 160 countries where Amnesty...
Sierra Leone Armed Conflict

Sierra Leone: Continuing human rights violations in the post conflict period: Amnesty International Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, May 2011

In this submission, prepared for the UN Universal Periodic Review of Sierra Leone in May 2011, Amnesty International expresses concerns in relation to the overall human rights situation, in particular challenges within the justice sector and the police, violations of children’s rights, gender based...