Educational Material Exposes the War Concealed in Our Electronic Devices

(By Boshra Yazahmeidi) Teachers of primary and secondary school as well as adult education programs now have access to engaging content, exercises, and activities that raise student awareness of the origins of the products they consume. The main products under focus in these educational materials are mobile phones, tablets, and computers. What many don’t know … More Educational Material Exposes the War Concealed in Our Electronic Devices

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

Mining companies in Eritrea risk violating human rights

(by Kimberly Fraser) In May of this year, an Australian mining company, Danakali Ltd, submitted an application to Eritrea for a mining licence for its Colluli potash project. If their licence is approved, they will be entering an ethical minefield that has seen other international mining companies become mired in human rights problems. Pending approval, … More Mining companies in Eritrea risk violating human rights

JCAP Sustainability Conference Turns Minds to Mining and Ecology Issues

Patxi Alvarez, Director of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, highlighted the work of the Justice in Mining Network and other Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks at the recent conference on sustainability hosted by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. “A Call to Dialogue on the Sustainability of Life … More JCAP Sustainability Conference Turns Minds to Mining and Ecology Issues

Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

(by Kimberly Fraser)  In June of this year Rio Tinto cut its ties with Bougainville by divesting itself of its majority shareholding in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL). The company split its shares between the Papua New Guinea Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, ensuring that both parties now have an equal share of 36.4 per … More Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

Responsible consumption and production

(by Julie Edwards) Understanding the impact that our lifestyles have on the environment is key to bringing about behavioural change.  Waste, pollution and excessive consumption are all hurting the earth and its inhabitants, not just through climate change, but also by fuelling violence, mass displacement of people, degradation of land and unsustainable water practices. One … More Responsible consumption and production

Record Number of Land and Environmental Defenders Killed in 2015

A recent report by Global Witness has revealed that more than three people were killed every week in 2015 trying to protect their land, water, and forests through peaceful actions. Mining was the industry most linked with the killings and the 2015 death toll was 70% higher than the previous year.   Indigenous people were the worst … More Record Number of Land and Environmental Defenders Killed in 2015