US appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Occidental over alleged complicity in killings of 3 Colombian unionists

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الكاتب: Sarah A. Altschuller, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law

In mid-December, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of claims filed pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute against Occidental Petroleum. Plaintiffs in the case argued that Occidental should be held liable for the deaths of three union leaders in Colombia who were killed by the Colombian National Army’s 18th Brigade in 2004...Occidental’s Colombian subsidiary, Occidental de Colombia, Inc. (“OxyCol”) and Ecopetrol, a Colombian-state owned oil company...and jointly built the Caño Limón pipeline in Colombia...[I]n exchange for increased military support in protecting the pipeline from attacks...the companies began providing funding to the military...Beginning in 2002, the United States Government was also providing large amounts of aid to help the 18th Brigade secure the pipeline...[The court found that] "Plaintiffs’ claims are inextricably bound to an inherently political question — the propriety of the United States’ decision to provide $99 million worth of training and equipment to the 18th Brigade at the same time and for the same purpose as Occidental allegedly providing $6.3 million — and are thus beyond the jurisdiction of our courts"...

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الكاتب: Reuters

"Tribunal EEUU rechaza demanda colombiana por DDHH contra petrolera Occidental", 15 Diciembre del 2014

Una corte federal de apelaciones estadounidense desestimó el lunes una demanda de derechos humanos contra Occidental Petroleum Corp por acusaciones de que jugó un papel en varias muertes atribuidas a militares colombianos en 2004. Un panel de tres jueces en San Francisco mantuvo la decisión de un tribunal de distrito de rechazar la querella presentada en California por familiares de tres líderes sindicales abatidos por la Brigada 18 del Ejército Nacional de Colombia. Los querellantes acusan a Occidental...de aportar fondos a la brigada, lo que la convierte en responsable de las acciones de los soldados según una ley federal estadounidense llamada Estatuto de Reclamación de Agravios contra Extranjeros y la ley estatal de California. La subsidiaria colombiana de Occidental y Ecopetrol...dieron conjuntamente una asistencia valorada en 6,3 millones de dólares para ayudar con la seguridad en un momento en que las guerrillas estaban atacando el oleoducto, según el dictamen...En una opinión sin firma, la corte de apelaciones dijo que los tribunales estadounidenses no pueden juzgar el caso por tratarse de un cuestión inherentemente política.

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الكاتب: US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

[The United States Court of Appeals] affirmed the district court’s dismissal of an action brought...by family members of three union leaders killed in Colombia in August 2004 by members of the Colombian National Army's 18th Brigade...Plaintiffs contended that Occidental...should be held liable for the...alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity, and assorted torts arising out of the 18th Brigade’s murder of the three union leaders. Plaintiffs [contended] that Occidental, via its Colombian subsidiary, provided funding to the 18th Brigade...knowing full well that the 18th Brigade was committing murders and other human rights abuses. The [Court of Appeals] affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the complaint...on the ground that it raised...political questions.

 

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الكاتب: Lawrence Hurley, Reuters

A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004...The plaintiffs claimed that Houston-based Occidental, which operates a pipeline near the Venezuelan border, provided funding to the [Colombian National Army] making it liable for the actions of the soldiers...Colombian government officials said at the time the people killed were guerrilla members who had attacked soldiers. The family members who sued for monetary damages said the union members were killed in part because they had been critical of the environmental impact of the oil industry. In an unsigned opinion, the appeals court said U.S. courts could not hear the case because it was an inherently political question...[Also refers to Ecopetrol, Royal Dutch Shell]

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