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    Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris
    11 February, by Sherpa

    Defamation trial brought on by the Bolloré Group against French journalist begins in Paris. Civil society organisations use the opportunity to again denounce the imprisonment of six local community leaders affected by the investments of a subsidiary the French company is linked to.
    A year ago, the Sierra Leonean activist Shiaka Sama was invited to Paris by the Bolloré Group to find a solution to the conflicts emerging around the Socfin plantations in Africa and Cambodia. Today, he is behind bars in Bo, the second largest city of Sierra Leone. Five other activists have also been (...)


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    Congress moves to end abuse of secret companies following Global Witness investigation
    4 February, by Global Witness

    Washington, DC – On 3 February the U.S. Congress introduced bipartisan legislation in response to a groundbreaking undercover investigation by advocacy group Global Witness. The exposé, which aired on CBS’ 60 Minutes and was covered by the New York Times, shines a light on how easily suspect money can flow into the U.S. via anonymously-owned shell companies.
    The legislation, introduced by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Peter King (R-NY-2), Stephen Lynch (D-MA -8) and Dan Donovan (R-NY-11) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) aims to end the use of (...)


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    EU governments in danger of missing crucial opportunity to reduce global conflict
    1 February, by Global Witness

    The EU will miss a crucial opportunity to reduce global conflict unless member states stop their attempts to drastically dilute a new law that could help end the funds armed groups and terrorists receive from so-called conflict minerals.
    Global Witness warns that the EU governments’ proposed conflict minerals law would have extremely limited impact and fall well below internationally agreed standards. The draft law will be negotiated for the first time in Strasbourg on 1 February 2016.
    The law that governments have put on the negotiating table is a major step backwards for the EU, as it (...)


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    UPDATE: European Commission opens public consultations on NFR
    29 January, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    The European Commission has launched the consultation process for the development of non-binding guidelines for Non-Financial Reporting. The process was opened in 15 January 2016 and will close on 15 April 2016. Submission can be made online.
    More information regarding ECCJ’s position on NFR. Updated information coming soon.
    Please find European Commission Press Release below:
    European Commission consults on non-binding guidelines on disclosure of non-financial information by certain large companies
    The Commission Services have launched a public consultation today to feed into its (...)


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