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To make a successful FOI request, take a big dollop of patience and a handful of top-class law students

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Marilyn Croser, CORE Coordinator

Below is some background about our story in today’s Guardian on the way Shell and Rio Tinto successfully lobbied the UK government for support against human rights court cases in the U.S. The FCO documents were released to us at the end of February, for key quotes and analysis see this Amnesty[…]

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Letter to the UK government on human rights incidents at the North Mara Mine, Tanzania

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

RAID (Rights and Accountability in Development) and CORE have written to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to request that the UK government ask questions of UK mining company African Barrick Gold and its majority shareholder Barrick Gold Corporation, regarding human rights violations at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. The letter is[…]

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CORE statement on EU non-financial reporting negotiations

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

CORE and several member organisations have released this statement on the UK government’s position on the EU non-financial reporting proposal.

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Coming up: UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The 2nd UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights begins on 2 December in Geneva. The Forum brings together representatives from civil society, government and business to discuss key issues and work that has gone on over the past year to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Indigenous people’s rights are[…]

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Corporate transparency: latest on the European proposals

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Over the last few weeks, much of CORE’s advocacy work has focused on influencing the EU non-financial reporting reforms. All of the amendments that the European Coalition for Corporate Justice put forward to strengthen the proposal have been tabled by at least one political group, and some have the support of multiple groups. So even[…]

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CORE’s freedom of information requests on Shell court case: FCO & BIS scrape the bottom of the barrel for excuses

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

In February 2012, the UK government made an intervention in Kiobel -v- Shell, a US court case brought against Shell by a group of people from the Niger Delta. The case became notorious when Shell argued that corporations couldn’t be sued for violating international law. The UK government joined with the Dutch government to submit an[…]

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