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Term or phrase Rights Washing
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Notes First coined on 18 May 2011 at 4.39 pm EST by Company2 Keep, in a Twitter chat on corporate social responsibilty -- called #CSRChat. (https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23CSRChat) Here's the Tweet:

Media:With humrts policies in place need to be careful of 'rights washing' #csrchat https://twitter.com/#!/company2keepinc/status/70951590248460288

The process of papering over human rights abuses, or conveying the impression that human rights are being supported and advanced. An unjustified appropriation of human rights virtue by a country, industry, government, or politician, to paraphrase the definition of "greenwatching" put forth by SourceWatch.org. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Greenwashing

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