Foreign corruption in the mining industry

(by Kimberly Fraser) According to Transparency International, a non-profit organization that monitors and combats corruption worldwide, the mining and extractive sectors are among the most corruption prone sectors. This is largely due to the volume of revenue involved and the need to interact with foreign governments in order to secure mining contracts and licences and … More Foreign corruption in the mining industry

International Criminal Court Expands Priority to Include Cases of Environmental Destruction

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a United Nations-backed court that has historically ruled on cases of genocide and war crimes since it was set up in 2002. However, in what is a positive outcome for environmental defenders, the ICC declared its decision in September to expand its priority cases to include those crimes … More International Criminal Court Expands Priority to Include Cases of Environmental Destruction

Canadian Jesuits Join Six Other Catholic Institutions in Announcing Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) Seven Catholic institutions from across the globe announced their decision to divest from fossil fuels last week on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, culminating the Season of Creation celebrations with the largest faith-based divestment announcement to date. This latest commitment to divestment from within the Catholic Church highlights the growing … More Canadian Jesuits Join Six Other Catholic Institutions in Announcing Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment

Ordinary Malawians have Limited Protection Against a Growing Mining Industry

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) Villagers living adjacent to the World Heritage-listed Lake Malawi have been forced to give up their land and homes to mining companies with inadequate compensation, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. The report identified numerous issues of concern around the actions of mining companies searching for coal and uranium … More Ordinary Malawians have Limited Protection Against a Growing Mining Industry

Human Rights in European Business – A Practical Handbook for Civil Society Organisations and Human Rights Defenders

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi)  If you are a civil society organisation or legal professional working to defend the rights of vulnerable communities from the business practices and actions of foreign companies linked to European Union (EU) Member States, then this handbook may be of use to you. The handbook targets its practical guidance to cases of … More Human Rights in European Business – A Practical Handbook for Civil Society Organisations and Human Rights Defenders