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What does 2019 hold for corporate accountability?

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

50 people from NGOs, academia and law firms gathered at The Foundry in London on Wednesday 13th February for CORE’s annual partners’ meeting. Below is a brief summary of the very wide-ranging expert presentations given on the day.

Human rights defenders (HRDs): the heroes and[…]

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The Zambian farmers who are suing a mining company in a British court

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

This article was originally published by Africa is a Country.

In January 2019, a group of Zambian farmers brought their fight for justice to the UK Supreme Court, in a case with far-reaching implications for multinational companies.

Zambia’s economic development since the 1920s[…]

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The UK Supreme Court considers whether parent company Vedanta may be held legally responsible for the harm caused by its Zambian subsidiary

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Carlos Lopez, Senior Legal Adviser at the International Commission of Jurists, and Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE.

This blog was originally published by OpinioJuris.

The United Kingdom Supreme Court is presently considering an interlocutory appeal by the company Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary KCM challenging a Court of[…]

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CORE and ICJ to intervene in UK Supreme Court case

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE

CORE and the ICJ have been granted permission to intervene in an appeal before the United Kingdom Supreme Court (Vedanta Resources PLC and another v. Lungowe and others).

The two organizations’ submissions provide evidence on comparative law and international standards regarding the responsibilities of[…]

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Hope for reform, and remedy? External reviewers visit the UK NCP

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer

Last week, CORE Coalition along with our partner organisations Amnesty International UK and RAID were interviewed as part of the peer review of the UK’s National Contact Point (NCP) 

What is the UK NCP and why does it matter? 

You’d be forgiven for not having heard of[…]

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Open civil society letter to support the Nobel Peace Prize for Human Rights Defenders

Monday, September 17th, 2018

CORE and over 200 other civil society organisations from around the world have signed onto a letter endorsing the Nobel Peace Prize for the global community of Human Rights Defenders.

Since 1998, over 3000 human rights defenders have been killed for defending the fundamental values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[…]

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Recent decisions in the UK on parent company liability cases show the need for law reform

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

This article was commissioned by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and originally published on their website

The UK is home to some of the largest multinational corporations in the world operating through integrated networks of subsidiary companies and complex supply chains. Through their global activities, UK companies are[…]

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Unilever: time for real leadership on human rights

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018. Marilyn Croser, CORE Director

Unilever must provide remedy to the Kenyan workers and their families who suffered serious human rights abuses on the firm’s tea estate. In seeking to hide behind its corporate structure to avoid accountability, the company risks undermining the very principles that it claims to[…]

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NGOs call on Swedish mining company Boliden not to block access to justice

Friday, July 6th, 2018

CORE, Sherpa, the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and the International Federation for Human Rights have written to the CEO of Boliden Mineral, a Swedish mining company, calling on Boliden not to block the Appeal Court in Sweden from hearing the case of Arica Victims v Boliden Mineral.

In 1984, Boliden dumped over 20,000 tons[…]

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Campaigners Call on UK Supreme Court to Allow Nigerian Communities’ Appeal in Landmark Case Against Oil Giant Shell

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

CORE and 45 civil society organisations from around the world have called on the UK Supreme Court to allow 40,000 people from two Nigerian fishing communities to appeal against a ruling that oil giant Shell cannot be held responsible for pipeline spills that have devastated the environment in the Niger Delta.

The Ogale and Bille[…]

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Court of Appeal Decision Threatens to Close Route to Justice

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Last week, CORE and 45 civil society organisations from around the world wrote to urge the UK Supreme Court to allow two Nigerian fishing communities to appeal against a ruling that oil giant Shell cannot be held responsible for pipeline spills that have devastated the environment in the Niger Delta.

In February the Court of Appeal ruled[…]

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The Government Responds to JCHR Report on Business and Human Rights

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

On Friday 12th January the Joint Committee on Human Rights published the Government’s response to the Committee’s 2016 report, ‘Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability’. While the inquiry and subsequent report were very thorough, the Government response over-emphasises the impact of[…]

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Exploring Elements of Effective Remedy: Focus on Women’s Rights

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

As part of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017 (which took place in 28 November in Geneva, Switzerland), CORE was involved in a parallel session on effective remedy and women’s rights.

The session consisted of three panel discussions. CORE, along with Womankind Worldwide, UK Gender and Development Network, AWID, Landesa and[…]

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Holding Multinational Corporations to Account: Barriers and Opportunities in the Current State of Play

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

By William Meade

Multinational corporations headquartered in the UK operate via subsidiaries all over the world. When UK companies are linked to human rights abuses in the jurisdictions in which they operate it is essential that victims can still access judicial remedy, and that the UK-headquartered parent company is held to account.[…]

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Launch of OECD Watch ‘Remedy is the Reason’ Campaign

Monday, December 4th, 2017

As a member of OECD Watch, CORE and other member organisations have launched a campaign calling for the improved effectiveness of OECD National Contact Points (NCPs) so that NCPs can provide access to remedy for victims of business related human rights abuses.

NCPs were established as a means to ensure business compliance with the OECD[…]

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Letter to Tanzanian President on Gold Mine Human Rights Abuses

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

CORE, along with six leading human rights organisations, has signed a letter to the President of Tanzania, calling for an urgent investigation into human rights abuses at Acacia’s North Mara Gold mine.

The letter highlights the numerous detailed reports and complaints about violent attacks by police and security at the mine. One[…]

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Letter on Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

CORE has joined 169 human rights organisations in signing an open letter to Honduran Embassies across the globe, calling for an end to the attacks against women human rights defenders in Honduras.

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Campaigners call for new treaty to strengthen access to remedy

Friday, October 6th, 2017

The European Coalition for Corporate Justice, along with The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Human Rights Watch have written an open letter to the Ecuadorian Mission to Geneva, calling for stronger remedy provisions for victims of corporate abuse.

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Letter to Thai Prime Minister re Criminal Defamation of Migrant Workers

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

CORE is among a coalition of 87 civil society groups, worker organisations, businesses and European Parliamentarians which have sent an open letter sent to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha regarding criminal defamation charges brought against Myanmar workers.

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New proposals to empower victims of modern slavery

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Early September marked the return of Parliament and saw peers scrutinise new proposals to strengthen support available for victims of modern slavery.

Lord McColl’s Modern Slavery Bill which received its 2nd Reading on Friday 8 September aims to enshrine in law victims’ entitlement to support during the reflection and recovery period, while the competent authorities are deciding whether there is evidence that they have been a victim of modern slavery. This would be accompanied by a statutory duty to provide confirmed victims of modern slavery with ongoing support and leave to remain for a period of 12 months.

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