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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.


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.

Four Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Baghdad Killings
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
October 26th, 2014
A federal jury has found three former Blackwater contractors guilty of manslaughter and a fourth guilty of murder for killing 17 Iraqis in Baghdad's Nissour Square on September 16, 2007. The men were private security guards hired to provide security to U.S. government employees at the time.

Data Secrecy Company Accused of Sharing Information with Media and Military
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
October 18th, 2014
Whisper – a new social network that claims to provide anonymity – has been accused of secretly tracking users. The allegations were made by the Guardian newspaper, provoking renewed scrutiny of a multitude of data privacy claims made by software companies.

Facebook Changes Names Policy In Partial Victory for Privacy Activists
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
October 6th, 2014
Gay and transgendered performers have forced Facebook, the popular social network wesbite, to make changes to its “real names” policy to allow them to appear online under their stage names. The company has not, however, offered a way for people to keep their identities private

Kosmos Energy Prepares to Drill for Oil in Disputed Western Sahara
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
September 19th, 2014
Kosmos Energy, a Texas oil company, is preparing to drill for oil in Western Sahara, a disputed territory currently controlled by Morocco. The company has dispatched a state of the art oil rig to begin operations later this year, according to Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW), an activist group.

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