Fanning the Flames: The Role of British Mining Companies in Conflict and the Violation of Human Rights

Fanning the Flames: The Role of British Mining Companies in Conflict and the Violation of Human Rights

Report for War on Want (November 2007)

This report documents the impacts of the largest British mining companies, including BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Xstrata, Rio Tinto and Vedanta, in around twenty countries. It shows companies’ involvement in human rights violations, the exacerbation of conflict and environmental destruction at the same time as making record profits.

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Anglo American: The Alternative Report

Anglo American: The Alternative Report

Report for War on Want (August 2007)

This report reveals the role of the British mining company, Anglo American, in human rights abuses around the world, along with the companies in its business group, which include AngloGold Ashanti, De Beers and Anglo Platinum.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Decade of New Labour’s Arms Exports

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Decade of New Labour’s Arms Exports

Report for Saferworld (May 2007)

This report reviews the British government’s arms exports policies since 1997, showing how it continues to arm persistent human rights abusers and states enduring conflicts, how the arms trade remains mired in secrecy, and the foreign policy benefits of arms exports.

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Deadly Combination: The Role of Southern Governments and the World Bank in the Rise of Hunger

Deadly Combination: The Role of Southern Governments and the World Bank in the Rise of Hunger

Report for Norwegian Church Aid and Aprodev European NGO Network (February 2007)

This detailed report is an analysis of the impact on hunger-prone people of the economic reforms promoted by the World Bank and IMF over the past 15 years. It contains a synthesis report plus case studies on Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. It argues that both World Bank liberalisation policies and many government intervention policies are, in their messy, unstrategic combination, serving to increase hunger.

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Designing Conflict-Sensitive Trade Policy

Designing Conflict-Sensitive Trade Policy

Report for International Institute for Sustainable Development, in Oli Brown (ed), Trade, Aid and Security: An Agenda for Peace and Development, Earthscan, 2007

This analysis argues that OECD countries are completely failing to design their trade policies to take conflict into account, and makes recommendations on how they should.

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Gold Rush: The Impact of Gold Mining on Poor People in Obuasi, Ghana

Gold Rush: The Impact of Gold Mining on Poor People in Obuasi, Ghana

Report for ActionAid (October 2006)

This investigative report from interviews and research in Ghana exposes the effects of mining by AngloGold Ashanti, a subsidiary of UK company Anglo-American, in Africa’s biggest gold mine. Village streams are polluted and illegal miners shot or threatened, while the company claims it is committed to corporate social responsibility.

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Poor Company: The Harsh Impact of British Companies on Poor People

Poor Company: The Harsh Impact of British Companies on Poor People

Briefing for UK NGOs (July 2006)

This report documents how over a dozen UK companies, including several household names, are abusing human rights around the world.

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Arming and Alarming? China’s Arms Exports and Military Relations with Africa

Chapter in The New Sinosphere: China in Africa (IPPR, London, 2006)

This analysis documents China’s arms exports and military relations with African countries, especially human rights abusers, and offers reasons for China’s increasing involvement on the continent in rivalry with the US and Britain.

Trade Invaders: The WTO and Developing Countries ‘Right to Protect’

Trade Invaders: The WTO and Developing Countries ‘Right to Protect’

Report for ActionAid (December 2005)

This report shows how developed countries are pushing trade liberalisation on developing countries at the World Trade Organisation, especially in the negotiations on services, agriculture and manufactured goods. Rather, developing countries need trade agreements to provide greater ‘policy space’ to pursue strategies in their own interests.

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Seventeen Ways the European Commission is Pushing Trade Liberalization on Poor Countries

Seventeen Ways the European Commission is Pushing Trade Liberalization on Poor Countries

Report for the European Trade Justice Movement (November 2005)

This report, written to support public campaigning in Europe, documents the numerous ways in which the European Commission is pushing developing countries to further open their economies to Western corporations.

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