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Time to reign in corporate colonisation

By Nathan Willis, Southern Cross University

Route of the pipeline laid out in Kyaukme Town, northern Shan State. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy)

As ‘corporate colonisation’ extends its reach and grip over land, natural resources and ways of life in some of the poorest places on our planet, lawyers and academics along with grassroots activists are casting a critical eye over existing corporate accountability mechanisms and searching for new ways to ensure corporations based in wealthy countries take responsibility for their actions abroad.

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