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9 December 2016

Brazil: Fazenda Santa Eufrásia is accused of racism for offering visitors the possibility of being slave owners for the day but denies accusation

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26 November 2015

New book: "The Business and Human Rights Landscape - Moving Forward, Looking Back"

Author: Editors: Jena Martin, West Virginia University & Karen E. Bravo, Indiana Univ.

The adoption of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011 marked a watershed moment, establishing the first global standards for preventing human rights abuses by business. In light of this paradigm shift, The Business...

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10 October 2015

USA: McGraw-Hill textbook "erased" history of slavery by referring to slaves as "workers", parent complains - company promises correction

Author: Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon.com (USA)

" 'This is what erasure looks like': Texas mother shames textbook company into putting slavery back in American history textbook", 6 October 2015...

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18 February 2014

Slavery reparations lawsuit (re USA)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Descendants of 19th-century African-American slaves filed nine lawsuits seeking reparations from corporations in various US federal courts during 2002.  The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant corporations (financial, railroad, tobacco, insurance,...

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5 July 2013

Case profile: Slavery reparations lawsuit (re USA)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for class action lawsuit against financial, railroad, tobacco, insurance, and textile companies over their alleged collaboration with slavery.]

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1 February 2011

Better Safe than Sorry

Author: Susan Aaronson, Professor & Ian Higham, Research Assistant - Elliott School of Intl. Affairs, George Washington Univ in Policy Innovations

...Building on years of research and multi-stakeholder dialogue, [UN Special Representative on business & human rights John] Ruggie outlined a framework and Guiding Principles to help firms “operationalize” their human rights responsibilities.....

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30 September 2010

Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

Author: Office of the Governor of California [USA]

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today he has signed SB 657...to help eliminate slavery and human trafficking from product supply chains. “Human trafficking is a terrible crime that goes against basic human rights and everything our country...

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7 December 2009

Ghosts of the brutal past [Russia]

Author: Charles Glover, Financial Times

...[O]f the former gulag enterprises, Norilsk [Nickel] is one of the few that acknowledges its past, partly because its infamy as a prison camp is so well known...While both...Yuzhny Kuzbass [part of Mechel]...and Evraz...steel groups have departments...

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1 July 2009

Businesses regret links with slavery

Author: Carola Hoyos, Financial Times

Rothschild…and Freshfields…have become the first UK businesses to say they “greatly regret” their links with slavery. The acknowledgments and expressions of regret came after the Financial Times published previously unexamined documents showing that N...

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