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Dirty Diesel: Dutch Environment Inspectors Confirm Dodgy Business of Swiss Commodities Traders

Dirty Diesel: Dutch Environment Inspectors Confirm Dodgy Business of Swiss Commodities Traders

Yesterday the Dutch “Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate” (ILT) presented a report to parliament about the composition and hazardousness of fuels exported to West Africa from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The investigation highlighted the decisive role played by commodities trading firms that maximize profits by taking advantage of lax West African fuel standards. In contrast to Holland, neither the Swiss firms named in the report – Vitol, Gunvor and Litasco – nor the Swiss authorities recognize their responsibility for this scandal that harms the health of millions of people. …»

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Swissinfo: Swiss campaign to make lifesaving drugs affordable

Swissinfo: Swiss campaign to make lifesaving drugs affordable

 — Swiss authorities must act to make lifesaving drugs more affordable by introducing compulsory licensing, says NGO Public Eye …»

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Swissinfo: Swiss firms pressured to sign Bangladesh safety accord

Swissinfo: Swiss firms pressured to sign Bangladesh safety accord

 — Five years after the factory complex collapse that killed 1,138 textile workers in Bangladesh, 145 international brands have signed an accord to improve factory safety. Only one of them is Swiss. …»

UNIQLO makes Federer cry

UNIQLO makes Federer cry

 — Since 2015, 2,000 laid-off Indonesian workers who made clothes for UNIQLO and other companies have been waiting for USD 5.5 million of compensation. That must make Roger Federer – known for his sense of fairness – cry as much as it does us. That’s why at www.hello-roger.ch fans and activists are calling on the tennis star to join …»

Transparency requested in the negotiations between Mercosur and EFTA!

Transparency requested in the negotiations between Mercosur and EFTA!

 — Today, a new round of negotiation of the free-trade agreement between Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) and EFTA (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) kicks off in Geneva. The undersigned NGOs ask State parties to allow the transparency of negotiations and to carry out a sustainability impact assessment. …»

Public Eye calls on Swiss Federal Council to use compulsory licensing against exorbitant drug prices

Public Eye calls on Swiss Federal Council to use compulsory licensing against exorbitant drug prices

 — Problems with access to lifesaving drugs no longer only affect developing and emerging countries. Even the Swiss healthcare system is struggling to cope with the price explosion of new treatments, in …»

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

 — 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 …»

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 …»

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 …»

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 …»

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 …»