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Diaguita communities and individuals living in the Huasco river's high basin, in the Atacama region of Chile, filed an action to protect constitutional rights against Compañía Minera Nevada SpA (a subsidiary of Canada-based Barrick Gold) and the Comisión de Evaluación Ambiental (Chile's government agency dealing with environmental issues).

Members of the ESCR-Net Corporate Accountability Working Group (CAWG) have recently accomplished several important interventions in an effort to strengthen corporate accountability for human rights at the international level

Human rights violations connected to the POSCO-India project must be addressed as a matter of priority by India and South Korea during South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s state visit to India.

On the eve of the UN Forum on Business & Human Rights over one hundred civil society organisations and social movements have publicly joined the growing call for States to begin taking steps towards establishing a binding international treaty to deal with corporate human rights abuses.

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ProDESC (Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales), and their partners, the Ejido La Platosa and the union of mineworkers Los Mineros, have achieved a significant victory with the recent recent decision by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to divest its entire holdings in Excellon Resources Inc.

On Thursday, May 23, several social movements in Brazil achieved an important victory when the judges of the Court of Justice unanimously absolved five leaders who were unjustly accused by Monstanto of instigating and designing alleged crimes in 2003.

Peoples' Forum on Human Rights & Business (Colombia; September 29-October 2, 2014)

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Increasingly states with large mining sectors - Australia and Canada among them - are promoting mineral extraction, and providing funding for mining company CSR projects, as a means of promoting positive development outcomes - while communities around the world face grave human rights abuses associated with such projects. 

 This collaborative effort of CAWG members critiques this shift in development strategy by donor states, in time for the largest mining investment meeting in world  - the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. The authors demand states abide by their extra-territorial obligations to regulate – not financial support – mining corporations, and calls for aid to preserved for genuine efforts to realize human rights and empower civil society groups on the ground to hold corporations accountable.

On December 6
th, 2012, following the UN Forum on Business & Human Rights, the International Commission of Justice (ICJ), Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID) and ESCR-Net jointly hosted a civil society strategy meeting on human rights and business.  Sixteen civil society organizations working on corporate accountability (fourteen from ESCR-Net’s membership) joined together to discuss their reflections on the UN Forum and to consider their plans for 2013.