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First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Key problems and opportunities

Business reluctance to engage with human rights issues was a common theme during the First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Across the region – which includes the Balkans and the Caucasus – representatives from governments, businesses and civil society expressed a general lack of willingness to work on business and human rights.

Informing women is the first step to empowering them

Evidence of meaningful implementation of the Gender Action Plan for European Reconstruction and Development Bank and Green Climate Fund’s Green Cities Framework has been not found.

SLAPPd: the Armenian activists fighting a mining multinational’s lawsuits

Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) used by Lydian international, the tax haven listed mining company, against journalists and civil society as it presses forward with the Amulsar gold mine in Armenia, whilst the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development has stood by silently.  

Pulling the ‘cotton’ over Uzbek eyes at latest EBRD investment

On 27 January 2021 the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expects its Board of Directors to approve a loan of USD 70 million to Indorama Agro for the development of the cotton farming sector in Uzbekistan.

Actions speak louder than words: gender equality policies in development banks

Promoting gender rights and women’s empowerment has become a trend among multilateral development banks (MDBs). Organising discussions on best practices and promoting gender-related issues is welcome, but it is crucial that banks ensure meaningful protection and support to the women most affected by international public investments.

Europe’s Green and Digital Decade could be a raw deal for people and the environment in Serbia

The European Commission walks a tightrope with the EU Green Deal. Despite the long-term objectives of achieving a circular economy and reducing resource use, it plans to increase raw materials mining. A planned lithium mine in Serbia, opposed by local communities, is a poignant example of this tension.  

Report: EU push for metals mining is a raw deal for people and environment

With a fair and digital transformation topping the priorities of the Portuguese EU presidency, the European Green Deal’s push for raw materials should not come at the expense of workers, local communities and nature, warns a new report from CEE Bankwatch Network.

Appeal to Business by Belarusian Human Rights Organisations in Connection with the Human Rights Crisis in Belarus

The presidential election held in Belarus on August 9th, 2020 was marked by unprecedented atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Repressions against those expressing alternative opinion began almost immediately after the start of the election campaign and have not stopped ever since.

Covid-19, Business and Human Rights: Challenges and Behavioral Strategies (Analytical Note)

This document proposes to consider the balance of business and human interests in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated BHR Country Guide for Belarus

This guide helps you quickly understand the topic of “business and human rights” and provides a basic toolkit for introducing proper approaches to business processes and government regulation.

Human Rights Impact Assessment Guidance & Toolbox

A useful tool for due diligence, human rights impact assessment analyses the effects that business activities have on rights-holders such workers, local community members, consumers and others. HRIA follows a human rights-based approach, which integrates human rights principles such as non-discrimination into the assessment process.

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First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Key problems and opportunities

First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Key problems and opportunities

Business reluctance to engage with human rights issues was a common theme during the First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Across the region – which includes the Balkans and the Caucasus – representatives from governments, businesses and civil society expressed a general lack of willingness to work on business and human rights.

SLAPPd: the Armenian activists fighting a mining multinational’s lawsuits

SLAPPd: the Armenian activists fighting a mining multinational’s lawsuits

Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) used by Lydian international, the tax haven listed mining company, against journalists and civil society as it presses forward with the Amulsar gold mine in Armenia, whilst the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development has stood by silently.  

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