Victim Versus Multinational Corporation

Todays topic, business and human rights. This is a topic I became very familiar with after interning at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. When you spend all day researching human rights abuses committed by corporations, it makes you question all of humanity. At first I found it astounding that in the 21st century people still experience abuse at work. Not just sexual or racial discrimination, but brutality, beatings and death. Alas, it rapidly became apparent that this remains a pertinent issue in our modern society and the purpose of my internship was to raise awareness of the violations and challenges that victims are facing. With more awareness comes more accountability. By talking about these issues and cases there is more pressure on corporations to provide reparation for their victims, and to put in place regulations to prevent abuses from happening again.

Seems like a simple concept. Expose the corporations, pressure them to make reparations, get justice for the victims and prevent future abuses. If only it were that easy. The following post will demonstrate the real struggle that victims can face when they find themselves experiencing abuse at the hands of a multinational corporation (MNC). To highlight the challenge, we will briefly discuss one particular case, the story of Zakaria who was left paralysed after an encounter with security at Acacia’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania.

““Zakaria’s Story” shows the extraordinary lengths to which a multinational company will go to deny victims justice and compensation.” – RAID

Acacia 

Acacia is a gold mining company registered in London and operating the North Mara Gold Mine site in Tanzania. Formerly known as African Barrick Gold, they have been Read More »

Report Released on Human Rights Violations Affecting Refugees in Northern France

A short update today as I bring your attention to a newly released report co-produced by Help Refugees and Refugee Rights Europe. The report was released today on the two-year anniversary of the shut down of the ‘Calais Jungle’. The purpose is to highlight the increasingly dire situation for refugees in Northern France over the past few decades, and draw attention to the critical need for authorities and the British government to intervene and implement change.

calais france

The two organisations have produced a time line which covers activities of asylum seekers, government authorities and aid agencies from 1994 to the present day. The time line is easy to understand and highlights the critical information that you need to be able understand the message. The message being that the situation for the asylum seekers is worsening. They are enduring police brutality, harsh conditions, infringements of their rights and exclusion from the society they are trying to survive in. Read More »