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Grown workers are exploited shamelessly and are exposed to grave health risks on Malawian tobacco plantations. The Norwegian Labour Organisation (LO) now admits to NorWatch that there is a danger child labour captures to much focus.
Veidekke's part in the Bujagali project may be at risk, after the disclosure that a former subsidiary, Nor-Icil, bribed the Ugandan Minister of Energy back in 1999. The Norwegian construction company may lose a multi-million dollar contract.
The corruption scandal concerning Veidekke's subsidiary Nor-Icil in Uganda may represent only the top of an ice berg. The exposure has turned open the tap for a stream of corruption suspicions surrounding the controversial Bujagali power plant in Uganda.
The Brazilian state of Espirito Santo has established an investigation committee in order to take a closer look on Aracruz Cellulose. The broad local opposition against the world’s no. 1 producer of bleached eucalyptus pulp, has thus at last won the attention where decisions are made. Meanwhile, the federal supreme court in Brasil recently gave Aracruz a helping hand, as it ruled that the state ban on planting new eucaluptus trees were in conflict with the constitution. Aracruz is headed by Norwegian businessman Erling Lorentzen.
The call to boicott the military regime of Burma has lasted for nearly five years, resulting in import figures twice as high as in 1999. Reasons might be a non-efficient pillory an the general uncertainty surrounding boicott as political mean.
Live picking of geese creates strong reactions as shown in this edition. But not everyone is apologizing...
Sleeping-bag manufacturer Ajungilak is still getting their down from Poland. But this is soon to be passed, and in Janyary, product manager Snorre Moen was prospecting in China: - They eat so much fowl her that I hope and believe that live plucking isn't going on, he tells NorWatch.
Norwegian Dun and Bergen Dun guarantees that there are no live-picked (dun) and feathers in the pillows they put on the market. - This we have signed through a European trade organization EDFA, they tells NorWatch. But they were wrong.
It is now clear that Norsk Hydro is selling out of the Indian mining company Utkal Alumina for the sum of 6 million dollars. The two other companies involved in the project, Indal and Alcan will take over the shares.
Once again a brand of clothing produced in Burma is to be found on the norwegian market: Streetwear stores Flava deals in South Pole-jackets tagged with "Made in Myanmar" in several of its outlets. Flava-owner John Lee Timuri says to NorWatch that they did not know that the anoraks origined in Burma. He will not pull back the merchandise from the stores.
Tore Ligaard AS is Norway's largest door and window outlet. This year the company advertises in the Adresseavisen newspaper with outer doors in teak to the price of between 4500 and 11.300 NOK(approx. 1200 US dollars). Ligaard's Swedish importer, Sweedor, admits that it trades in Burma teak.
In 1997, prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik decided to take Aung San Suu Kyi seriously and called on the Norwegian business world not to have trade relations with Burma. The prime minister has since often been critisised for not going further: Introducing a formal boycott of Burma.