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21 Mai 2012

Jane Croft, Financial Times

Activists intervene in Shell lawsuit

The UK government is facing pressure from human rights activists about why it has chosen to intervene in a US court case connected to oil major Royal Dutch Shell. The UK government and the Dutch government have jointly filed a so-called “amicus brief” to the US Supreme Court on the side of Shell in the long running Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum case. This lawsuit was brought by Niger Delta communities who are suing Shell...At stake in the Shell case is the fundamental legal principle that corporations can be sued for civil wrongs in US civil courts just as any individual...The Corporate Responsibility Coalition (Core)...has said it is now seeking to find out why the UK government has chosen to intervene in the case....Amnesty [Intl.]...has urged the UK’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee to ask the Foreign and Commonwealth Office why it has intervened...