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French company Total, the largest company in France and one of the most important oil corporations in the world, will be denounced by Friends of the Earth International in Geneva, Switzerland, during the first week of July, due to its human and environmental rights violations in Nigeria.
The environmental federation will participate in Geneva during the week of mobilizations taking place from July 6-10, in parallel to the first session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which will start working to create a binding treaty on corporations and human rights.
Total has been present in Nigeria for over 50 years exploiting oil and gas with a criminal record well known by the Niger Delta people due to the actions of the Anglo-Dutch company Shell in the area. Gas burning, accidents, establishment in local communities without prior consultation, plans to expand a gas project, health impacts on the local population, division within communities, are some of the claims against Total.
Real World Radio interviewed member of Friends of the Earth France Juliette Renaud, who will be in Geneva with the delegation of Friends of the Earth International and on behalf of the French coalition “Corporate Accountability”.
Renaud made reference during the interview to the work which will be carried out in Geneva aiming to exert pressure in favor of the binding treaty on corporations and human rights, to the French bill that recognizes the legal responsibility of parent companies of French corporations for the actions of their subsidiaries in different parts of the world, and also to a new edition of the “Pinocchio Awards” this year.
José Luis Abarca, hijo de un luchador ambiental asesinado en noviembre de 2009 por encabezar la resistencia a un proyecto minero en el municipio mexicano de Chicomuselo, estado de Chiapas, interpuso el 5 de febrero una denuncia administrativa ante el Comisionado para la Integridad de la Administración Pública de Canadá.
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