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New Quarterly Case Update November 2013 available

Nov 25, 2013

The November 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

  • Privacy International files complaints against six UK telecommunication companies for collaborating with government surveillance programmes and contributing to violations of the human rights to privacy and freedom of expression.
  • WWF files complaint against SOCO for failing to contribute to sustainable development and to conduct human rights and environmental due diligence for oil exploration in World Heritage Site Virunga National Park in the DRC.
  • Ecuadorian residents file complaints against Corriente Resources and CRCC-Tongguan Investment alleging human rights and environmental impacts related to the Mirador copper mining project in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
  • Crude Accountability and partners file complaints against British Gas Group, Chevron and ENI for environmental, health and human rights violations around the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field in Kazakhstan.

Case Developments

  • UK NCP accepts case against ENRC related to DRC mines. ENRC willing to engage in NCP-facilitated mediation.
  • Swedish NCP rejects labour rights cases against Electrolux and Mölnlycke citing progress in dialogue between local management and unions, which the NCP feels is  better placed to resolve the conflict.
  • UK NCP accepts case against Gamma, but complainants are still awaiting the initial assessment by the German NCP on the case filed against Trovicor for a similar role in aiding the Bahraini government’s alleged human rights abuses.
  • Parties unable to agree on terms for mediation in GCM Phulbari (Bangladesh) coal mine case; UK NCP conducts examination of the allegations in the complaint and prepares final statement.
  • Japanese NCP rejects labour cases against Panasonic without issuing statement or even informing complainants.
  • After initially agreeing to mediation in Cambodian sugar case, ASR withdraws from process due to court cases filed in UK; US NCP concludes case and issues final statement calling on ASR to develop a human rights policy.
  • Norwegian NCP hosts first official meeting between the parties to discuss terms of mediation and selection of mediator in case related to Statkraft’s wind power operations on indigenous Saami lands in Sweden.
  • Korean NCP rejects case against POSCO, claiming that it cannot contribute to resolving the dispute, which it considers an ‘Indian affair’.
  • Complainants officially withdraw case against Michelin, just days before French NCP issues final statement concluding Michelin’s impact assessments insufficient but declaring the company not in violation of the Guidelines.
  • Chilean NCP concludes case against Minera Escondida/BHP Biliton with final statement determining that the company did not violate the Guidelines because the alleged violations only affected the interest of the complainant (a small Chilean company) and not the public interest.
  • After successful mediation facilitated by the Norwegian NCP, parties to the Sjovik Western Sahara case publish joint statement, in which Sjovik agrees to conduct additional impact assessments and establish grievance mechanism; Norwegian NCP invites parties to follow-up on the case with reports and a meeting in 2014, emphasizes companies’ heightened requirement to conduct through human rights due diligence when operating in/from areas in conflict.
  • After more than 2 years of delays, Argentinian NCP finally resumes work on case against Xstrata (now GlencoreXstrata) for alleged adverse impacts on Argentine glaciers by holding meetings with representatives of both parties.
  • Mediation between parties ends in case against Barrick Gold for human rights abuses at the Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea; complainants still awaiting mediator’s final report and Canadian NCP’s final statement.


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