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New Quarterly Case Update June 2013 available

Jun 19, 2013
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The June 2013 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.

The highlights in this Quarterly Case Update include:

 

New cases:

    • RAID files complaint against ENRC alleging human rights abuses associated with mining operations in the DRC.
    • German member of parliament supported by NGOs files complaint against garment retailers C&A, KiK and Karl Rieker for partial responsibility for Tanzeen factory fire in Bangladesh.
    • Swedwatch files complaint against Electrolux and Mölnlycke for anti-union practices at factories in Thailand.
    • Rights groups file complaint filed against Gamma and Trovicor for their role in human rights abuses related to sales of surveillance technology and training to the Bahraini government.
    • Amadiba Crisis Committee files complaint against MRC for human rights violations at planned mining site on South Africa’s Wild Coast; Australian NCP rejects case after complainants indicate they are not seeking mediation.
    • Complaint filed against GCM for human rights violations at Phulbari coal mine in Bangladesh; UK NCP accepts complaint and offers to facilitate mediation.

     

    Case developments:

    • Swedish and Norwegian NCPs accept case against Statkraft related to the company’s wind power operations on indigenous lands, but put the case temporarily on hold as parties engage in dialogue outside the NCP process.
    • Landmark agreement in case against APG/APB related to the Dutch pension fund’s investment in POSCO’s mine and steel project in India; in a related case, Norwegian NCP issues blistering final statement against NBIM for refusing to cooperate with the NCP and violating the Guidelines; NCPs confirm Guidelines apply to minority shareholdings.
    • Dutch and UK NCPs reject cases filed against Shell and three UK banks related to adverse human rights and environmental impacts of the Sakhalin II oil and gas project in Russia; complaints disagree with NCPs’ assessments.
    • Pöyry refuses to engage in further dialogue/mediation in case regarding adverse impacts from hydroelectric dam in Laos;  in controversial final statement, Finnish NCP finds Pöyry is covered by Guidelines but did not violate them.
    • Mexican NCP rejects complaint filed against Excellon concerning its involvement in a land dispute in Mexico.
    • Belgian NCP rejects complaint against George Forrest for human rights violations in the DRC, but then offers to facilitate mediation, which takes place but concludes unsuccessfully.
    • UK NCP rejects case filed against Centerra for human and environmental violations in Mongolia.
    • Dutch NCP issues final statement in case against Shell for misleading disclosure related to oil spills in the Niger Delta; NCP finds that Shell’s statements and communication with stakeholders is flawed.
    • Irish NCP takes action after complainants send letter to Irish Minister in CRH Palestine construction case, but case remains blocked as company refuses to respond to allegations.
    • Disappointed complainants ‘agree to disagree’ in case against Glencore for tax avoidance in Zambia.
    • Barrick demands that NGOs advising complaints in PNG human rights case be barred from the mediation process.
    • French NCP publishes final statement in SOCAPALM Cameroon palm oil case, concluding that European trading companies violated the Guidelines; mediation to develop a corrective action plan is continuing.
    • ECCHR published evaluation report about cases filed against seven cotton traders, concluding traders did little to change their practices. However, complaint has triggered positive responses from various investment banks.
    • Follow-up report in Cermaq salmon farming case reveals company has yet to make good on its commitments.

     

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