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Brazil bans paraquat – Switzerland supports Syngenta’s behind-the-scenes lobbying

Brazil bans paraquat – Switzerland supports Syngenta’s behind-the-scenes lobbying
 — Zurich / Lausanne

Brazil has joined the list of States that have banned the use of the pesticide called paraquat, on the grounds of its high level of toxicity. Syngenta is the main producer of paraquat. The company is actively lobbying to convince the Brazilian authorities to reverse their decision. Confidential information shows that the Basel-based giant participates in the organization of a visit for influential Brazilian parliamentarians to Switzerland, with the support of the Swiss authorities. The delegation should have been received today in Bern by the Secretary of State for Education, Research and Innovation. The meeting was cancelled at the last minute due to the presence of Public Eye and Multiwatch, who protested against the participation of Switzerland in Syngenta’s lobbying efforts to promote dangerous pesticides that are banned in our country. …»

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The Guardian: The inside story of Glencore's hidden dealings in DRC

The Guardian: The inside story of Glencore's hidden dealings in DRC

 — Leaked files - the Paradise Papers - reveal for the first time how the secretive firm enlisted a controversial diamond tycoon – ignoring ‘red flags’ …»

Report finds ‘Made in Europe’ label tied to garment and shoe production in European sweatshops

Report finds ‘Made in Europe’ label tied to garment and shoe production in European sweatshops

 — A new report published today by the Clean Clothes Campaign, Europe's Sweatshops, documents endemic poverty wages and other stark working conditions in the garment and shoe industry throughout Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Despite working overtime, many workers in the Ukraine for example make just EUR 89 a month, where a living wage would have to be five times that much. Among customers of the …»

Glencore and Appleby: plundering in Africa, apathy in Switzerland

Glencore and Appleby: plundering in Africa, apathy in Switzerland

 — The Paradise Papers, the latest leak from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), confirms what Public Eye has been saying for years: Commodity trading is Switzerland’s most dangerous business. The serious allegations against Glencore – of aggressive tax optimisation, corruption, and conflicts of interest – once again bear witness to Switzerland's hand in the resource …»

Swiss repatriation of Mubarak funds stuck in dead end

Swiss repatriation of Mubarak funds stuck in dead end

 — Following the Arab Spring, the Swiss authorities blocked 700 million francs held by Mubarak’s clan. Despite the opening of criminal investigations in Switzerland and Egypt, it appears that the …»

Brazil bans paraquat and the agribusiness lobby is gearing up for action

Brazil bans paraquat and the agribusiness lobby is gearing up for action

 — In September, Brazil joined the list of countries having banned paraquat because of its acute and chronic toxicity. The ban will enter into force in 2020, following a three-year transition period. But …»

Gunvor in Congo: new disclosures undermine the trader’s case

Gunvor in Congo: new disclosures undermine the trader’s case

 — Public Eye has seen a new legal document showing that up to six employees from oil trader Gunvor had authorised the payment of suspicious commissions to “facilitate” profitable oil contracts in the …»

Oil and embezzlement: Public Eye reveals Gunvor's secrets in Congo

Oil and embezzlement: Public Eye reveals Gunvor's secrets in Congo

 — A new report, the result of a two-year investigation, reveals the dubious practices of the world’s fourth largest private oil trading company. To get hold of Congolese black gold, Gunvor went as far …»

UK exports banned pesticide to developing countries

UK exports banned pesticide to developing countries

 — Paraquat is one of the most toxic pesticides in the world. It causes thousands of acute poisonings each year and is linked to several chronic illnesses, including Parkinson's disease.(1) …»

UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries

UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries

 — UK accused of double standards as thousands of tonnes of pesticide not authorised for use in EU are produced in Britain for export to developing world. …»