GlencoreIn the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the mining area of Kolwezi, Katanga and through its subsidiary Kamato Copper Company.
David Van Wyk (Benchmarks) (Through Videoconference)
in the DRC
Profit before human rights
Profit au dĂ©triment des droits
humains et de l'environnement
Â Â The corporation is responsible for allowing child labour, for employing expatriates who are not aware of their rights and thus live in conditions of extreme poverty and marginalisation, perpetrating fraud and corruption to smuggle minerals out of the
country, avoiding fiscal and tax obligations by keeping management secreted from local authorities, causing air and water
pollution, and finally harassing those who protest against their activities through subsidiary security companies.
Â Â These activities are in violation of general international human rights and labour regulations, and also more specifically of the
Basic Principles and Guideline issues by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the 2000 Voluntary
Principles on Security and Human Rights, the 1979 UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, and the 1990 UN Basic
Principles on the use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Official.
VideoÂ : Glencore in the DRC, Source:
Mise au point, Radio TĂ©lĂ©vision Suisse RTS1 "Le gĂ©ant minier suisse Glencore liĂ© au travail des enfants en RDC"http://www.rts.ch/info/suisse/3924500-le-geant-minier-suisse-glencore-lie-au-travail-des-enfants-en-rdc.html
Report : Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Profit before human rights and the environment (english)
Le profit au dĂ©triment des droits humains et de l'environnement (franĂ§ais)
Session of the Permanent People's Tribunal on Human Rights Violations Committed by the Transnationals,
Geneva 23 June 2014
A number of cases of human rights violations by Transnational Corporations has been presented at the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) Hearing being held in Geneva on June 23. The one-day Hearing of the PPT is being prepared by The Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power & Stop Impunity together with Swiss-based social organizations and movements, and affected communities from different global regions. The PPT is an Opinion Tribunal, which follows on the tradition of the Russell Tribunals on the Vietnam War and the Dictatorships in Latin America and was established in 1979 in the framework of the Algiers Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples.
The PPT has held almost 40 sessions addressing systematic violations of human rights and peoples rights including a Session on the World Bank, European TNCs in Latin America and Bhopal and it is one of few international institutions where affected communities can directly present cases of violations of human rights perpetrated by Transnational Corporations.
Some of the cases that has been heard include Chevron in Ecuadorean Amazon, Shell in Nigeria, Glencore in several countries (such as the Philippines, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru and Colombia), Pacific Rim in El Salvador, Lonmin in South Africa, Coca-cola in Colombia, Mekorot in Palestine and Hidralia in Guatemala.
The Panel of Jurors is presided by Juan Hernandez Zubizarreta (Basque Country) and composed by Beverley Keene (Argentina) Francesco Martone (Italy), Renata Reis (Brazil), Roberto Schiattarella (Italy) and Jean Ziegler (Switzerland).