The global economy allows powerful actors to profit from the complex structures that organise the supply of labour and goods, often through the violation of fundamental rights of vulnerable populations including the use of slave or bonded labour. GLAN is committed in finding innovative angles in challenging and addressing such violations, using the structures of the international system against those who abuse them. We aim to create new opportunities for the protection of human rights in these contexts.

Legal challenge launched against EU measures incentivising trade in forced labour textiles

The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF), with the support of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), has filed a case against the UK government challenging EU trade measures which promote trade in cotton produced with forced labour in Uzbekistan.  

The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), REDRESS and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) have written to the Irish Medical Council ahead of their re-accreditation of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Bahrain (RCSI-Bahrain) expected later this year. The Council is responsible for accrediting Irish medical education programmes including those operating outside of Ireland.

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GLAN and theEuropean Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) released today, 6 September 2019, an open letter to Messe Berlin GmbH, the organiser of the leading Fruit Logistica trade show, and its Ombudsperson. The letter addresses allegations of illegal conduct by one of the show’s exhibitors and Messe’s responsibilities under the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGP) in relation to their hosti...

The panel of the complaints mechanism for the German, Dutch and French development banks has ruled that a complaint submitted on 5 November 2018 by nine communities in the DR Congo is admissible. This means that the complaints mechanism will now begin a preliminary review process before initiating the mediation process requested by the communities to resolve their long-standing land conflict with Plantations et Huileries du Co...

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A North Korean labourer who endured years of slave-like conditions working for Polish company ‘Crist S.A.’, a supplier of a Dutch ship-building firm, has filed a legal complaint against the Dutch firm. It was argued that the Dutch firm knew about the inhumane, slave-like conditions that Crist workers are subjected to, but still went ahead with ordering ship components at a lower cost. 

The action relied on the research...

Nine communities from the Democratic Republic of Congo have this week filed a complaint to the German Development Bank (DEG) over a century-long land conflict which they say has deprived them of not only their land but of their ability to adequately feed and house their families.

The communities’ land was unilaterally granted as part of a 1 million hectare concession in 1911 to British businessman Lord Leverhulme, who, with the...

Civil society releases submission on normative framework, criteria for inclusion

The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are publicly releasing their joint submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) which is in the process of setting up a database of businesses operating in Israe...

This note summarises insights from a meeting convened by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED). The meeting aimed to kick-start a GLAN-led process aimed at exploring collaborative options to support communities in harnessing the law for promoting transnational accountability in the cont...

With January 24th being the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, GLAN has marked the occasion with a submission to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry into UK-China Relations. This submission discusses the systematic monitoring and repression of lawyers and the undermining of legal autonomy by the Chinese Communist Party. Moreover the submission highlights how international law firms operating within China are comp...

For nearly two years GLAN has been pushing for the release of documents on the accreditation of 'Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain', an Irish branch campus. Ireland's Medical Council granted the facility full accreditation despite evidence of torture and breaches of medical neutrality in its training hospitals in Bahrain. 

Following an initial release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act questions were r...

GLAN has sent a stakeholder's submission report to UN Human Rights Council ahead of Ireland's review in 2016. The submission highlights serious shortcomings in the public oversight of a Bahraini education program operated by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Documents obtained under Ireland's Freedom of Information Act suggest that allegations of torture and other ongoing human rights issues were effectively sid...

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