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13 July 2017

"Defenders of the Earth: Global killings of land and environmental defenders in 2016"

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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12 July 2017

G20 Leaders' Declaration reaffirms commitment to Paris Agreement despite US withdrawal; action must follow to increase energy access

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11 July 2017

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...

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10 July 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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9 July 2017

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...

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6 July 2017

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

"Human rights good practice for business operating in areas with violent crime," 31 May 2017...

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5 July 2017

G20 Summit 2017: Leaders' Declaration commits to action against child labour & modern slavery

This story containes key documents related to the German G20 Presidency. For civil society commentary on the challenges and opportunities of Engaging the G20 on Business and Human Rights, see our blog series.

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3 July 2017

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)

"Environmentalists win bid to stop mining in protected area for now", 28 June 2017...

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3 July 2017

So. Africa: PRASA security guard and community member killed during community protest

Author: Jacaranda FM (South Africa)

"Two killed in Klipspruit protest", 27 June 2017...

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30 June 2017

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...

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