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Human rights abuses, once committed primarily by repressive governments, are increasingly carried out in the corporate interest. In the global marketplace, it is easier than ever to hide abuses in developing countries from the consumers on the other side of the world. Energy companies might pay off militias to gun down local activists, factories might poison the farmland, air or water of the communities in which they do business. Most often, the people who do the hardest work - sewing garments, mining for precious metals, building the prisons and dams - are the ones most vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.


AT&T Developed Secret Program To Help U.S. Police Mine Client Phone Records
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
October 28th, 2016
Police departments across the U.S. pay AT&T, the telecommunications giant, over one hundred thousand dollars a year for special access to telephone records of clients without first obtaining a warrant. The program is called 'Hemisphere' and the company required buyers to keep its existence secret.

Broadspectrum 'Violating' Human Rights At Australian Offshore Detention Centers
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 3rd, 2016
New reports accuse employees of Broadspectrum Limited, the company that has the operating contract to house asylum seekers to Australia in remote island detention centers, of providing appalling living conditions and neglecting the care of their charges.

DESA Employees Arrested In Honduras For Murder Of Activist Berta Cáceres
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial To CorpWatch
May 2nd, 2016
Two employees of Desarrollos Energéticos SA (DESA) have been arrested and charged with the murder of Berta Cáceres, an activist who was fighting the Agua Zarca dam on the territory of the indigenous Lenca people in Honduras. DESA was awarded a permit to build the 22 megawatt dam in 2011.

Uber Plans to Track Users Should Not Be Allowed, Says Privacy Group
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 22nd, 2015
A formal complaint has been filed against Uber, the car ride company, by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit advocacy group. The NGO says Uber plans to use their smart phone app to access user’s locations at all times, and to send advertisements to user’s contact lists.

Swedish Paper Manufacturing Giant Blacklisted for Child Labor Practices
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch Blog
April 20th, 2015
Stora Enso – a Swedish paper manufacturing giant – has been blacklisted after investigations into its supply chain in Pakistan showed that the company was knowingly using child labor. In March, AP7, a major Swedish pension fund, sold off its $4.1 million stake in Stora.

Barrick Gold Compensates Rape Victims in Papua New Guinea
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
April 2nd, 2015
Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company, has agreed to compensate 14 individuals for violent acts committed near the Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea. Eleven of the cases involved sexual violence such as rape. Some 120 others had previously accepted cash settlements of about $10,000.

Vinci Accused Of Labor Violations on Qatar Construction Contracts
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
March 27th, 2015
Sherpa, a French NGO, has asked courts to investigate Vinci, a French construction company, for violation of migrant workers rights in Qatar. QDVC, a Vinci subsidiary, has €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion) in infrastructure contracts for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament including a new subway and an orbital highway.

Asylum Seekers Protest Mitie Management of U.K. Detention Center
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 13th, 2015
U.K. asylum seekers have gone on hunger strike to protest living conditions at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre, which is run by Mitie, a British outsourcing company. The protests come months after Mitie took over from the Geo Group whose contract was canceled after prison authorities found repeated problems.

Bangladeshi Tribals Evicted For Tea Plantation Expansion
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 6th, 2015
Syed Tea and Land, a Bangladeshi company, has been accused of using armed men to evict ethnic minority communities in order to expand a tea plantation in Sreemangal in northeastern Bangladesh. The expansion will impact Kandas, Khasis and Tantis who have lived in the area for a century.

Apple Agrees To Chinese Government Security Audits, Worrying Activists
by Mayu Chang
February 11th, 2015
Apple has agreed to allow the Chinese government run security audits on the new iPhone to prove that there is no back door access for the U.S. government. However, activists say that this agreement could have the opposite effect, allowing China to broaden spying on its own people.

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