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Human rights abuses, once committed primarily by repressive governments, are increasingly carried out in the corporate interest. In the global marketplace, it is easier than ever to hide abuses in developing countries from the consumers on the other side of the world. Energy companies might pay off militias to gun down local activists, factories might poison the farmland, air or water of the communities in which they do business. Most often, the people who do the hardest work - sewing garments, mining for precious metals, building the prisons and dams - are the ones most vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.


Uber Plans to Track Users Should Not Be Allowed, Says Privacy Group
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 22nd, 2015
A formal complaint has been filed against Uber, the car ride company, by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit advocacy group. The NGO says Uber plans to use their smart phone app to access user’s locations at all times, and to send advertisements to user’s contact lists.

Swedish Paper Manufacturing Giant Blacklisted for Child Labor Practices
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch Blog
April 20th, 2015
Stora Enso – a Swedish paper manufacturing giant – has been blacklisted after investigations into its supply chain in Pakistan showed that the company was knowingly using child labor. In March, AP7, a major Swedish pension fund, sold off its $4.1 million stake in Stora.

Barrick Gold Compensates Rape Victims in Papua New Guinea
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
April 2nd, 2015
Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company, has agreed to compensate 14 individuals for violent acts committed near the Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea. Eleven of the cases involved sexual violence such as rape. Some 120 others had previously accepted cash settlements of about $10,000.

Vinci Accused Of Labor Violations on Qatar Construction Contracts
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
March 27th, 2015
Sherpa, a French NGO, has asked courts to investigate Vinci, a French construction company, for violation of migrant workers rights in Qatar. QDVC, a Vinci subsidiary, has €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion) in infrastructure contracts for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament including a new subway and an orbital highway.

Asylum Seekers Protest Mitie Management of U.K. Detention Center
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 13th, 2015
U.K. asylum seekers have gone on hunger strike to protest living conditions at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre, which is run by Mitie, a British outsourcing company. The protests come months after Mitie took over from the Geo Group whose contract was canceled after prison authorities found repeated problems.

Bangladeshi Tribals Evicted For Tea Plantation Expansion
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 6th, 2015
Syed Tea and Land, a Bangladeshi company, has been accused of using armed men to evict ethnic minority communities in order to expand a tea plantation in Sreemangal in northeastern Bangladesh. The expansion will impact Kandas, Khasis and Tantis who have lived in the area for a century.

Apple Agrees To Chinese Government Security Audits, Worrying Activists
by Mayu Chang
February 11th, 2015
Apple has agreed to allow the Chinese government run security audits on the new iPhone to prove that there is no back door access for the U.S. government. However, activists say that this agreement could have the opposite effect, allowing China to broaden spying on its own people.

U.S. Government Buys Surveillance Technology To Track Drivers in Real Time
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
February 9th, 2015
Local government officials have the ability to track individual drivers in the U.S. in real time and take pictures of the occupants of their vehicles, with new “truly Orwellian” technology purchased from companies like Vigilant Solutions, according to new documents uncovered by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Saudi Star To Restart Rice Project on Disputed Anuak Lands in Ethiopia
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch Blog
December 30th, 2014
Saudi Star Agricultural Development plans to pump $100 million into a rice export project in Gambella region of Ethiopia despite allegations of human rights violations surrounding the “villagization” program under which the land has been taken from indigenous Anuak pastoralists to lease to foreign investors. 


Families of Murdered Colombians Lose U.S. Lawsuit Against Occidental Petroleum
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
December 15th, 2014
A U.S. court has refused to allow family members of three murdered Colombian union leaders the opportunity to sue Occidental Petroleum. The families claimed that the Los Angeles based company should be held responsible since it allegedly provided financial support for the military unit that killed the men.

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