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The listing of a highly hazardous Paraquat formulation blocked
 — Geneva

At the 7th Conference of Parties of the Rotterdam Convention, being held in Geneva from May 12th to 15th, once again India and Guatemala now with Indonesia blocked the listing of Paraquat (20%). The ongoing stalemate over this and chrysotile asbestos, blocked for the fifth time, show the urgent need for a revision of the rules of the Rotterdam Convention. Only one for the five chemicals up for listing was allowed through. The rules must be changed so that a small handful of countries cannot deny the other countries their right to information on trade in these hazardous chemicals. 

Paraquat in India: Untenable risk for farmer and workers

 — A new report published today shows that the herbicide paraquat is widely used under high–risk conditions in India. Rules and recommendations are often ignored, and users have no means to protect themselves and to get relevant information. The victims are farmers and workers who are suffering from numerous adverse health effects caused by paraquat. The report’s authors call on the 154 Parties to 

Global Business? Global Responsibility!

 — Swiss companies that threaten human rights and the environment through their economic activities abroad must take responsibility. This is the message with which a broad coalition launches the Responsible Business Initiative today in Bern. The initiative seeks to ensure that Swiss companies are compelled to integrate the protection of human rights and the environment in their business practices. 

Conservative backlash blocks increased corporate accountability

 — Following a turbulent debate, the Swiss lower chamber of parliament initially accepted a motion yesterday for increased corporate accountability only to repeat the vote and ultimately dismiss the motion. This decision shows how a narrow majority in the lower chamber of the Swiss parliament continues to obstruct a sustainable Swiss human rights and foreign economic policy. The Swiss Corporate 

Abacha funds: catastrophic repatriation by Swiss authorities

 — A secret agreement reported yesterday by the Swiss news outlet L’Hebdo sheds light on the more than problematic restitution of the blocked funds of former Nigerian dictator, Sani Abacha. The agreement between Nigeria and the Abacha family, approved by the Public Prosecutor in Geneva, does not contain a single provision to ensure that the returned money will be of benefit to the Nigerian people 

Congolese oil wealth squandered in Geneva

 — An investigation conducted by the Berne Declaration (BD) reveals how Philia, a Swiss trader, has been profiting at the expense of the Congolese state-owned oil refinery, Coraf. Coraf is managed by the 

Chevron wins the Public Eye Lifetime Award, and The Yes Men bury the “Demon of Davos”

 — At the gates of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Berne Declaration and Greenpeace Switzerland have bestowed upon Chevron the Lifetime Award for being the most irresponsible corporation in the 

Opposition to stop Monsanto soybean patent biopiracy

 — Members of the coalition of No Patents on Seeds! have filed an opposition against a European patent held by the US company Monsanto. They are accusing Monsanto of biopracy. The patent EP2134870 was 

Transparency in commodity trading: The Swiss Government misses regulatory opportunity offered by company move

 — The Swiss Federal Council is not prepared to include trading in a new law on the disclosure of resource payments, thereby ignoring the reality of its trader-dominated commodity hub. Trading-giant 

 — The Council of States today approved postulate 14.3663. This requires a report on access to remedy for victims of human rights violations by companies. The way is now open for the Federal Council to 

Public Eye Lifetime Award and The Yes Men Mark Farewell from Davos

 — After 15 years of the Public Eye, the Berne Declaration and Greenpeace Switzerland are taking stock and, in their farewell to Davos and the WEF, will present a final award to one company for its