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3 October 2017

The Rohingya crisis: key roles for business

Author: Golda Benjamin & Bobbie Sta. Maria, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Half a million Rohingya refugees have fled Rakhine State in Myanmar in the last five weeks, leading to immense humanitarian challenges... in Bangladesh. [W]e have received... queries from members of the business community on their perceived role in...

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14 September 2017

Myanmar: Leber Jeweler condemns ethnic cleansing against Rohingya people; encourages cos. to follow suit

Author: Brian Leber, Leber Jeweler (USA)

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6 February 2017

USA: Leber Jeweler calls on all companies to commit to human rights & environment, opposes Trump's exec. order

Author: Brian Leber, CEO of Leber Jeweler Inc.

For many years Leber Jeweler Inc has stood up to dictatorships and oppressors throughout the world. From Angola to Zimbabwe, the Taliban to the Tatmadaw. For our work, we encountered obstacles and navigated threats to our personal safety, yet remained...

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24 October 2016

Human Rights Defenders act as a form of unpaid due dilligence for companies, so it makes sense to defend them, says Duncan Green

Author: Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’

"Why/how should corporates defend civil society space? Good new paper + case studies", 19 Oct 2016...

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14 October 2016

New report highlights how companies have stood up for individuals and civil society organisations

Author: London School of Economics & Charities Aid Foundation

Beyond Integrity, a new report produced by CAF, in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), examines how some companies are going above and beyond their traditional role to protect civic space. Key findings ...

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20 September 2016

Leber Jeweler in an open letter: "Until the day when Burma's vast yet finite gemstone resources truly benefit the average person in Burma, they should stay in the ground"

Author: Brian Leber, Leber Jeweler Inc

At Leber Jeweler Inc, we are greatly disappointed by President Obama's announcement that he will end all sanctions on Burma (aka Myanmar), including the ban on the importation of Burmese ruby and jadeite. These gemstones continue to fuel ongoing...

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17 June 2015
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Author: Mauricio Lazala et Joe Bardwell, Centre de Ressources sur les Entreprises et les Droits de l'Homme, dans Open Global Rights

... Les entreprises peuvent être un interlocuteur très important dans la protection des populations vulnérables dans les pays répressifs, en particulier là où les violations qui ont lieu sont en lien avec leur secteur d’activité et quand de grands...

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17 June 2015

“What human rights?" - Why some companies speak out while others don’t

Author: Mauricio Lazala & Joseph Bardwell, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Companies can be a powerful voice in the protection of the vulnerable in repressive countries, particularly where abuses are taking place linked to their industry and when they are major investors. Unfortunately, many companies remain unwilling to...

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3 June 2015

Angola: Tiffany & Co, Leber & other diamond firms sign open letter to President José Eduardo dos Santos asking to ensure respect for intl. law standards in Rafael Marques trial

Author: Jessica Elgot, The Guardian (UK)

“Tiffany & Co backs investigative reporter in Angola blood diamonds case-Diamond retailer signs open letter to Angolan president over Rafael Marques de Morais, known for his groundbreaking investigation into blood diamonds”, 3 June 2015  ...

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1 June 2015

Despite the odds: Businesses speaking out for human rights

Author: Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

...Recently, we have seen a proliferation of repressive laws and practices deployed by an increasing number of states, and an increase in the criminalisation of human rights defenders and other civil society actors. Companies’ responses are at odds...

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