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Glencore in the DRC: Public Eye calls upon Swiss justice to take action

Glencore in the DRC: Public Eye calls upon Swiss justice to take action
 — Zurich / Lausanne

Public Eye has today filed a criminal complaint with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland on account of the activities carried out by the Swiss commodities giant in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With the Paradise Papers, there are now even more elements pointing at embezzlement surrounding the acquisition of mines for the legal authorities to launch an investigation. It’s overdue for them to rule on the legality of operations, whose dubious nature has been brought to the fore by the press and NGOs for more than five years. …»

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Guardian: Paradise Papers prompt criminal complaint against Glencore

Guardian: Paradise Papers prompt criminal complaint against Glencore

 — Rights group formally asks Swiss attorney general to investigate firm’s mining links with Democratic Republic of the Congo: “It’s overdue for [Swiss authorities] to rule on the legality of operations, whose dubious nature has been brought to the fore by the press and NGOs for more than five years.” …»

The ‘Public Eye Investigation Award’: prestigious selection panel looking for explosive research projects

The ‘Public Eye Investigation Award’: prestigious selection panel looking for explosive research projects

 — On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Public Eye is launching its Investigation Award which offers CHF 20,000 to support one or two investigative projects directly covering the practices of Swiss actors in developing or emerging countries. The selection panel will include the renowned journalists Fabrice Arfi (Mediapart), Will Fitzgibbon (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, …»

Don’t release Egypt's Frozen Assets in Switzerland!

Don’t release Egypt's Frozen Assets in Switzerland!

 — In an open letter released today, Swiss, Egyptian and international NGOs working on asset recovery issues ask the Federal Council to extend the freezing order related to Mubarak’s money.
On 11th of February 2011, the day of Mubarak’s downfall, the Federal Council decided to freeze assets of former Egyptian President and his entourage. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the money frozen in …»

Without improvements FAO/WHO monitoring procedure on its way to become meaningless

Without improvements FAO/WHO monitoring procedure on its way to become meaningless

 — In 2015 Public Eye, ECCHR and their partners submitted a report to FAO and WHO providing evidence that Syngenta and Bayer were violating the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management when distributing highly hazardous pesticides in Punjab, India. The report was discussed during the Joint Meeting on Pesticides Management (JMPM) held in New Dehli on April 2017. The meeting concluded with …»

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

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

 — 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 …»

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 …»

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 …»

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 …»