As I detailed in my previous posts, I worked this summer as an intern at a human rights NGO in São Paulo called Conectas Direitos Humanos. Among other projects I researched both the presence and impact of Brazilian multinationals in Angola and Mozambique, focusing primarily on the human rights implications of these multinationals’ operations. The organizations I ended up focusing on were: Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Vale), Cosan, Shell, Raizen, and Odebrecht. At the end of my internship I compiled a presentation to share what I had learned and give some suggestions as to what further questions need to be asked, and what the risks posed to human rights are in these situations.
Here’s the link the presentation. Just a heads up, the presentation is in Portuguese. If you have a strong background in Spanish or French you’ll probably be able to get the gist of it. Also, since it was meant to be given orally the logic might be a little screwy in places, but not too much. I doubt a translation will be coming anytime soon… but then again, if this all of the sudden goes viral—and pigs fly—I might put in a few hours to convert it to English.