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Author: Global Witness (United Kingdom)
In 2016, at least 200 land and environmental defenders were murdered – the deadliest year on record. Not only is this trend growing, it’s spreading – killings were dispersed across 24 countries, compared to 16 in 2015. With many killings unreported,...
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So. Africa: Blogger discusses how companies are using law to silence environmental activists and how philanthropy can help
Author: Otto Saki, writing for Ford Foundation Southern Africa (South Africa)
"How companies are using law suits to silence environmental activists—and how philanthropy can help", 13 June 2017...
New report examines restrictions placed on civil society in the context of natural resource exploitation; analyses role of business
Author: Dr Carolijn Terwindt and Christian Schliemann, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
"Supporting civil society under pressure – lessons from natural resource exploitation", June 2017...
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So. Africa: AngloGold Ashanti issues notices of intention to retrench 8 500 mine workers; unions say they will oppose the move as it increases poverty in mining communities
Africa's biggest gold miner AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) is planning to retrench 8,500 mine workers as part of restructuring its South African operations. AGA sent notices to workers union end of June notifying them of the pending retrenchments. AngloGold...
Human rights good practice note for business operating in areas with violent crime endorsed by UN Global Compact Working Group
Author: Lise Smit, UN Global Compact
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So. Africa: Environmentalists win court bid to stop Atha-Africa from commencing coal mining in protected area; dispute extends to licensing authorities
Author: Lesetja Malope, City Press (South Africa)
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Author: Jacaranda FM (South Africa)
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Commentary: Philanthropy should consider how best to support human rights defenders when companies use lawsuits to silence them
Author: Otto Saki, Ford Foundation
"How companies are using law suits to silence environmental activists—and how philanthropy can help", 13 Jun 2017...